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ERIC Number: EJ1008842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0145-4455
Graduated Exposure and Positive Reinforcement to Overcome Setting and Activity Avoidance in an Adolescent with Autism
Schmidt, Jonathan D.; Luiselli, James K.; Rue, Hanna; Whalley, Katherine
Behavior Modification, v37 n1 p128-142 Jan 2013
Some students who have developmental disabilities avoid settings and activities that can improve their learning and quality of life. This two-phase study concerned an adolescent boy with autism who avoided the gross-motor exercise room, gymnasium, and music room at his school; he demonstrated distress, agitation, and problem behaviors when prompted to enter these areas. Using graduated exposure combined with positive reinforcement, he learned to enter these settings without resisting and eventually to participate in activities within the settings. This article discusses this intervention approach for reducing and eliminating avoidant behavior. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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