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ERIC Number: EJ853190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Chewing Gum as a Treatment for Rumination in a Child with Autism
Rhine, Denise; Tarbox, Jonathan
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n2 p381-385 Sum 2009
Rumination involves regurgitation of previously ingested food, rechewing the food, and reswallowing it. In the current study, a child with autism displayed chronic rumination, resulting in the decay and subsequent removal of several teeth. After several treatments failed, including thickened liquids and starch satiation, the participant was taught to chew gum. His rumination decreased significantly when gum was made available. Results suggest that access to chewing gum may be an effective treatment for rumination in some individuals. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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