Assessment and treatment of problem behavior occasioned by interruption of free-operant behavior.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17471795
Author: 
Jennett HK
Author List: 
Hagopian LP
Bruzek JL
Bowman LG
Jennett HK
Journal: 
J Appl Behav Anal
PubMed ID: 
17471795
Pagination: 
89-103
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
The current study describes the assessment and treatment of the problem behavior of 3 individuals with autism for whom initial functional analysis results were inconclusive. Subsequent analyses revealed that the interruption of free-operant behavior using "do" requests (Study 1) as well as "do" and "don't" requests (Study 2) occasioned problem behavior. Initially, treatment involved differential and noncontingent reinforcement without interruption. To make the intervention more sustainable in the natural environment (where interruptions are unavoidable), a two-component multiple-schedule arrangement was used to progressively increase the period of time in which ongoing activities would be interrupted. During generalization sessions, the intervention was applied across a variety of contexts and therapists.
Published Date: 
January, 2007

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