The relationship between stereotypic behavior and peer social interaction for children with severe disabilities

So Hyun Lee, Samuel L. Odom

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the collateral relationship between engagement in social interaction with peers and the occurrence of stereotypic behavior for two children with severe disabilities. Peers without disabilities were taught to make social initiations to two children with autism and other severe disabilities who engaged in high rates of stereotypic behavior. When the peers made social initiations and the children with disabilities increased their engagement in social interaction, collateral decreases occurred in their stereotypic behavior. Within an ABAB design, the functional relationship between these variables was demonstrated. Implications of these findings for designing interventions for promoting social integration and their possible effects on stereotypic behavior are noted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Challenging behavior
  • Nonhandicapped peers
  • Social interaction
  • Stereotypic behavior

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