ERIC Number: ED257303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Decreasing Self-Stimulating Behaviors with the Profoundly Mentally Retarded, While Acknowledging Obstacles and Frustrations.
Smith, Susan J.; Solimani, Genevieve
Two studies examined different treatment procedures to suppress self-stimulating behaviors with the profoundly mentally retarded. In experiment 1, a fine mist of cold water from a spray bottle was applied to the neck of a teenaged student in a class for the profoundly retarded. The intervention was very successful in reducing inappropriate humming behavior in the morning but was less so in the afternoon. In study 2, a timeout "refrigerator box" was used to lessen a second student's inappropriate yelling. Implications of such approaches for profoundly retarded students are addressed in terms of teacher time, use of punishment, and positive reinforcement. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (63rd, Anaheim, CA, April 15-19, 1985).