There are No Easy Answers to Stereotypy
Date: May 9, 2014
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter: Bill Ahearn, PhD, BCBA-D
Abstract: Stereotypic behavior has been found to occur in typically developing persons, individuals with disabilities, and persons with autism. Stereotypy can interfere with skill acquisition and is socially stigmatizing. Therefore it is usually an important target response. It is typically, but not always, maintained by automatic reinforcement by the sensory consequences produced by engaging in it. A number of effective interventions have been developed but stereotypy often persists as a problem when active treatment is not in place. Interventions for directly treating this problem that will be discussed include response competition and response interruption/redirection. Sometimes effective treatment also produces appropriate behavior that can be fostered by natural or arranged contingencies; however, appropriate behavior must often be promoted more explicitly. This presentation will also discuss strategies for building functional skills. These strategies range from direct instruction of functional engagement (often necessary for younger or lower functioning persons) to video modeling and verbal operant training.
1. Participants will be able to describe why stereotypy is thought to occur.
2. Participants will be able to describe how stereotypy is typically measured.
3. Participants will be able to describe how stereotypy can be functionally assessed.
4. Participants will be able to describe procedures for indirectly treating stereotypy
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