Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 423-446

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Problem Behavior Interventions for Young Children with Autism: A Research Synthesis

  • Robert H. HornerAffiliated withUniversity of Oregon Email author 
  • , Edward G. CarrAffiliated withState University of New York
  • , Phillip S. StrainAffiliated withUniversity of Colorado
  • , Anne W. ToddAffiliated withUniversity of Oregon
  • , Holly K. ReedAffiliated withUniversity of Oregon

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This paper provides a summary of research on behavioral interventions for children with autism 8 years of age or younger published between 1996 and 2000. The analysis is divided into four sections: (1) emerging themes in the technology of behavior support, (2) a review of existing research syntheses focusing on behavioral interventions, (3) a new literature review of current pertinent research, and (4) an evaluative discussion of the synthesis results and the field's future needs to develop effective behavioral interventions for young children with autism. The authors offer recommendations for strengthening the existing research base and advancing behavioral technology to meet the needs of the defined target population.

Autism behavior support