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An Evaluation of Noncontingent Reinforcement and Differential Reinforcement with Escape Extinction in the Treatment of Food Refusal

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This study is a retrospective record review of former patients on the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The primary objective of this study is to compare effects of escape extinction with and without positive reinforcement to decrease inappropriate mealtime behavior and to increase food consumption to determine if the two procedures yield similar or disparate results.

The primary investigator will identify patients whose treatment consisted of positive reinforcement and escape extinction. Then, all data will be de-identified by the study coordinator (Jessica Cox) immediately after the primary investigator identifies the participants and prior to inclusion in the study.

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