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ERIC Number: EJ804649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1547-0350
Combined Curricular Intervention with Brief Hands down to Decrease Hand Mouthing and the Use of Arm Splints for a Young Boy with Profound Disabilities
Cannella-Malone, Helen I.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Chan, Jeffery M.
Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, v43 n3 p360-366 Sep 2008
Hand mouthing is highly prevalent in individuals with severe to profound developmental disabilities. Frequent hand mouthing may interfere with appropriate responding, have negative health impacts, and result in restrictive interventions, such as the application of arm splints, to prevent this challenging behavior. The continuous application of arm splints can have negative health outcomes and can interfere with daily activities. The purpose of this study was to replace arm splints with appropriate curricular activities in a 10-year-old boy with profound disabilities. An intervention package involving the provision of curricular activities and a brief hands down procedure was evaluated using a combined alternating treatments and reversal design across several hours of the school day to demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention on the reduction of hand mouthing. The intervention was successfully implemented across several hours of the student's school day within his natural school environments. Limitations, implications, and directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
Division on Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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