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ERIC Number: EJ858358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Relationship among Challenging, Repetitive, and Communicative Behaviors in Children with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
Petty, Jane; Allen, Debbie; Oliver, Chris
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v114 n5 p356-368 Sep 2009
We used experimental and descriptive functional analyses and lag sequential analyses to examine the functional and temporal relationship among the self-injurious (SIB), potentially injurious, repetitive, challenging, and pragmatic communicative behaviors of 6 children with intellectual disabilities. Functional analyses revealed social function for SIB, potentially injurious, and repetitive behaviors across 5, 4, and 5 participants, respectively. Sixteen functionally equivalent response classes were identified across participants using both experimental and naturalistic observation data. Repetitive, potentially injurious, and SIB behaviors were significantly temporally associated, and pragmatic communicative behaviors were strongly temporally associated with challenging behaviors. The importance of the temporal and functional relationship between imperative communicative acts and challenging behavior is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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