Creating a reference range of common problem behaviors and replacement behaviors in neurotypical children

Jessica VanDevander, Allison Warner, Ellie Kazemi, Tara Fahmie

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Abstract

There are limited resources outlining age-referenced rates of problem behavior displayed by neurotypical children. Such information is important for practitioners as a basis for social comparison when they are targeting behavior reduction goals for neurodivergent clients. We distributed a survey to parents of children aged 1–10 years without a developmental diagnosis in which parents reported frequency of five problem behaviors across a 24-h period, as well as commonly targeted replacement behaviors. Problem behavior was reported across all age groups to varying degrees based on topography and age. Replacement behaviors, such as waiting and tolerating denials generally improved as children increased in age but still largely remained below 80% of opportunities. The present study may serve as a reference for researchers and clinicians to set goals that are developmentally appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBehavioral Interventions
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • behavior analysis
  • neurotypical
  • problem behavior
  • rates of behavior
  • replacement behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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