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Assessment and Treatment of Excessive Straightening and Destructive Behavior in an Adolescent Diagnosed with Autism

Authored by Kuhn, DE, Hardesty SL, and Sweeney NM in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Volume 42, Issue 2, p. 355-360, (2009).

Article summary (posted June 3, 2010):


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) may be helpful when teaching a child with autism to stop excessive straightening.

Some children with autism spend a great deal of time straightening items and this may get in the way of living a normal life. Stopping or blocking the child from straightening has been shown to help stop the straightening behavior. Sometimes, though, stopping the child from straightening can make him angry and bring out aggressive behavior. This case study describes the use of ABA to help a 16-year-old boy with autism who spent a great deal of time placing items in a straight line. The treatment was able to help end the straightening behavior that happened in front of staff and parents.


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