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ERIC Number: ED158162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Eliminating Disruptive Behavior Through Timeout Stimulus Control in Austistic Children.
Barsness, Linda; And Others
A timeout stimulus control procedure for reducing self-stimulation and disruptive behaviors in autistic children was examined. The three subjects were diagnosed as autistic, exhibiting numerous behaviors incompatible with learning. Severe hand biting, inappropriate noises, and prolonged tantrums were the target behaviors linked with the timeout stimulus control procedure in this study. The timeout stimulus control areas were within a special education classroom setting. No restrictive walls or partitions demarcated these areas, but the timeout areas were distinctively colored. When the target behaviors were linked with simple verbal commands and extinction procedures, a significant decrease was observed. The timeout stimulus control procedure further reduced the target behaviors to a stable low level. This study demonstrates the effectiveness of non-intrusive procedures which can be used in a classroom setting to eliminate severe disruptive behaviors in autistic children. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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