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A Classroom-Based Antecedent Intervention Reduces Obsessive–Repetitive Behavior in an Adolescent with Autism

Authored by Sigafoos, J., Green VA, Payne D., O’Reilly MF, and Lancioni GE in Clinical Case Studies, Volume 8, Issue 11, p. 3-13, (2009).

Article summary (posted Oct 28, 2010):

Source: http://autism.healingthresholds.com


Providing leisure activities may distract children with autism from long-terms habits of obsessively rearranging objects.

Many people with autism insist on sameness and do not like change. This case study was aimed at seeing if structured leisure time would help a student (15-year-old boy) with autism to spend less time moving the objects on his desk. This treatment approach was an antecedent intervention that gave the student a chance to do his behavior at a time when it was okay with the teacher. The treatment approach reduced obsessive-compulsive behavior and also caused the child to be more social in the classroom. The authors suggested that this treatment approach may be helpful for children with autism and repetitive behaviors.


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