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Aggression and Tantrums in Children with Autism: A Review of Behavioral Treatments and Maintaining Variables

Authored by Matson, J. in Journal of Mental Health Research, Volume 2, Issue , p. 169-187, (2009).

Article summary (posted Sep 9, 2010):


A problem-solving approach that is combined with applied behavior analysis (ABA) may be helpful for children with autism who have tantrums and aggression.

This article reviews research-based treatments for tantrums, and describes the strengths and problems of each intervention approach. The most common treatment approach for problem behavior is ABA therapy that is skill building in nature. It appears that the use of functional assessment makes it more likely that the ABA therapy will work. Many of the treatment studies also taught the child how to communicate. The author notes that brain (antipsychotic) drugs are being used more and more often for younger and younger children.


You can access the original abstract and the complete paper is sometimes available for free via Google Scholar (look for entries that say "PDF").

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