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ERIC Number: EJ982025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Effects of Multisensory Environments on Stereotyped Behaviours Assessed as Maintained by Automatic Reinforcement
Hill, Lindsay; Trusler, Karen; Furniss, Frederick; Lancioni, Giulio
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v25 n6 p509-521 Nov 2012
Background: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of the sensory equipment provided in a multi-sensory environment (MSE) and the level of social contact provided on levels of stereotyped behaviours assessed as being maintained by automatic reinforcement. Method: Stereotyped and engaged behaviours of two young people with severe intellectual disabilities were observed while the participants were either in a living room or in a MSE and receiving either high or low levels of interaction from carers. Results: For both participants, levels of stereotyped behaviour were lower in the MSE irrespective of the level of carer attention received, while levels of engagement were higher under conditions of high carer attention in both environments. Conclusions: The results are consistent with the hypothesis that reductions in stereotyped behaviour observed in MSEs are due to the increased levels of specific sensory stimulation provided by such environments. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Aberrant Behavior Checklist; Diagnostic Assessment for the Severely Handicapped