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Treatment of Chronic Skin-Picking in an Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome and Borderline Intellectual Disability

Authored by R Lang, Didden R., Sigafoos J., Rispoli M., Regester A., and Lancioni GE in Clinical Case Studies, Volume 8, Issue 4, p. 317-325, (2009).

Article summary (posted Jul 27, 2010)


Use of bandages and other applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques may be helpful in stopping skin picking in people with autism.

Skin-picking is diagnosed when the patient pulls, scratches, or gouges healthy skin in a way that causes damage. This case study describes the use of ABA to treat skin-picking in a 17-year-old girl with Asperger syndrome. The treatment was done in one session per month over the course of eight months. The treatment approach was benign, easy, and could be done with just monthly contact with the patient. The authors note that they did not look closely to see what was causing the girl to pick her skin.


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