Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 10, pp 1330–1341 | Cite as

Effects of a Family-Implemented Treatment on the Repetitive Behaviors of Children with Autism

  • Brian A. BoydEmail author
  • Stephen G. McDonough
  • Betty Rupp
  • Faraaz Khan
  • James W. Bodfish
Original Paper


The restricted and repetitive behaviors of children with autism can interfere with family functioning as well as learning and socialization opportunities for the child. To date, neither pharmacological nor comprehensive behavioral treatments have been found to be consistently effective at significantly reducing children’s engagement in repetitive behaviors. We developed Family-Implemented Treatment for Behavioral Inflexibility (FITBI) to target the full variety of repetitive behaviors found in autism. For the current study, a therapist and parents of five children with autism (mean age = 48 months) co-implemented FITBI in a clinic setting over a 12-week treatment period. Using single case design methodology, significant reductions in repetitive behaviors were found for all participants and maintenance of treatment effects for 4 of 5 participants.


Autism spectrum disorders Repetitive behaviors Treatment 



Development of this paper was partially supported with internal funding from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian A. Boyd
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stephen G. McDonough
    • 2
  • Betty Rupp
    • 3
  • Faraaz Khan
    • 1
  • James W. Bodfish
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Occupational Science, Department of Allied Health SciencesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.FPG Child Development InstituteUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Carolina Institute for Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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