Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 361–367

Naturalistic Inquiry and Treatment of Coprophagia in One Individual

  • Daniel J. Baker
  • Steven Valenzuela
  • Norman A. Wieseler

DOI: 10.1007/s10882-005-6619-2

Cite this article as:
Baker, D.J., Valenzuela, S. & Wieseler, N.A. J Dev Phys Disabil (2005) 17: 361. doi:10.1007/s10882-005-6619-2


Coprophagia refers to the deliberate ingestion of one's fecal matter. This brief report details the naturalistic inquiry, assessment, and treatment of coprophagia in an adult with developmental disabilities and autism. An assessment was completed which identified self-stimulation as the function of the behavior. The intervention consisted of providing highly spiced, flavorful foods with meals and snacks for the person. Frequency of coprophagia decreased, but by a variable amount, for the first 6 months following initiation of the intervention, and then reduced to zero instances for a period of 26 months.

Key Words

coprophagia functional assessment positive behavior support autism 

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel J. Baker
    • 1
    • 4
  • Steven Valenzuela
    • 2
  • Norman A. Wieseler
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew Brunswick
  2. 2.Partnerships in Community LivingSalem
  3. 3.Community Support ServicesFaribault
  4. 4.Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental DisabilitiesUMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew Brunswick

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