Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 619–629 | Cite as

Behavioral medicine treatment of ruminative vomiting and associated weight loss in an adolescent with autism

  • James K. Luiselli
  • JoAnn Medeiros
  • Carol Jasinowski
  • Ann Smith
  • Michael J. Cameron


Treated persistent ruminative vomiting of a 15-year-old boy with autism using a multicomponent behavioral medicine program within a residential facility. Preceding intervention the boy had lost 15 pounds associated with high-rate ruminating. The treatment program included a combination of dietary, nutritional, and behavioral procedures that emphasized food restrictions, satiation, and setting condition manipulations. Ruminative vomiting was reduced to near-zero levels and weight gain was achieved following treatment implementation. These therapeutic gains were sustained during a maintenance programming phase and at 1- through 4-month follow-up assessments. Issues related to functional assessment and treatment formulation in behavioral medicine intervention for ruminative vomiting are discussed.


Food Restriction Functional Assessment Behavioral Medicine Treatment Formulation Treatment Implementation 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • James K. Luiselli
    • 2
  • JoAnn Medeiros
    • 1
  • Carol Jasinowski
    • 1
  • Ann Smith
    • 1
  • Michael J. Cameron
    • 1
  1. 1.The Evergreen Center, Inc.USA
  2. 2.Psychological and Educational Resource AssociatesConcord

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