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ERIC Number: EJ868611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Enhancing the Effectiveness of a Play Intervention by Abolishing the Reinforcing Value of Stereotypy: A Pilot Study
Lang, Russell; O'Reilly, Mark; Sigafoos, Jeff; Lancioni, Giulio E.; Machalicek, Wendy; Rispoli, Mandy; White, Pamela
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n4 p889-894 Win 2009
An alternating treatments design compared one condition in which a child with autism was allowed to engage in stereotypy freely prior to the intervention (abolishing operation component) to a second condition without the free-access period. Levels of stereotypy and problem behavior were lower and levels of functional play were higher in the condition with the abolishing operation component. These data provide preliminary support for the use of abolishing operations in interventions to increase the play skills of children with autism. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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