ERIC Number: EJ967924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Evidence-Based Behavioral Interventions for Repetitive Behaviors in Autism
Boyd, Brian A.; McDonough, Stephen G.; Bodfish, James W.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n6 p1236-1248 Jun 2012
Restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) are a core symptom of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). There has been an increased research emphasis on repetitive behaviors; however, this research primarily has focused on phenomenology and mechanisms. Thus, the knowledge base on interventions is lagging behind other areas of research. The literature suggests there are evidence-based practices to treat "lower order" RRBs in ASD (e.g., stereotypies); yet, there is a lack of a focused program of intervention research for "higher order" behaviors (e.g., insistence on sameness). This paper will (a) discuss barriers to intervention development for RRBs; (b) review evidence-based interventions to treat RRBs in ASD, with a focus on higher order behaviors; and (c) conclude with recommendations for practice and research.
Descriptors: Intervention, Autism, Phenomenology, Behavior Problems, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Barriers, Behavior Modification
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