Behavioral Treatment of Stereotypic Behavior in Children with Autism

  • Florence D. DiGennaro Reed
  • Jason M. Hirst
  • Sarah R. Jenkins


Stereotypic behavior is a core diagnostic feature of children with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders. Although stereotypy does not appear to serve an obvious function, research indicates that many individuals with autism engage in this behavior because of the sensory consequences obtained for doing so. Functional behavior assessment allows treatment agents to identify the purpose or function of behavior; this information improves the effectiveness of a treatment and is an important component of treatment planning. The purpose of this chapter is to describe research-based behavioral treatment of stereotypic behavior in children with autism with a particular emphasis on the function stereotypy serves for the individual.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Behavioral Treatment Stereotypic Behavior Pervasive Developmental Disorder Sensory Consequence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florence D. DiGennaro Reed
    • 1
  • Jason M. Hirst
    • 2
  • Sarah R. Jenkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Behavioral Science, 4001 Dole Human Development CenterUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.4001 Dole Human Development CenterUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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