ERIC Number: EJ1039782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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Reference Count: 43
Integrating Best Practices in Positive Behavior Support and Clinical Psychology for a Child with Autism and Anxiety-Related Problem Behavior: A Clinical Case Study
Neufeld, Vanessa; Law, Kimberley C. Y.; Lucyshyn, Joseph M.
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v29 n3 p258-276 Sep 2014
This clinical case study investigated the effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention for a child with autism and anxiety-related problem behavior that integrated components of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with positive behavior support (PBS). One child with autism and his family participated. The dependent variable was the number of steps that the child completed in an anxiety hierarchy during exposure sessions in one or more shopping malls. A changing criterion design evaluated improvements in child behavior. The design had three phases: implementation with interventionists, maintenance and generalization with family, and follow-up. Direct observation results during implementation with interventionists documented stepwise improvement in child behavior consistent with the steps in the anxiety hierarchy. Parent verbal report during the maintenance and generalization phase indicated that the child's ability to ride on escalators maintained and generalized. Follow-up data collected 24 months post intervention indicated continued success. Results are discussed in terms of limitations, implications, and future research.
Descriptors: Best Practices, Behavior Modification, Autism, Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Case Studies, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, Maintenance, Generalization, Family Involvement, Observation, Behavior Change, Parent Attitudes, Followup Studies, Cognitive Restructuring, Young Children, Intervention, Family Environment
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