Decreasing self-injurious behavior associated with awakening in a child with autism and developmental delays

Iser G. DeLeon, Wayne W. Fisher, Jean Marie Marhefka

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Abstract

Direct observation data revealed that self-injurious behavior (SIB) emitted by a young boy with autism occurred primarily within one hour after waking versus all other times of the day. Experimentally manipulated scheduled awakenings supported the hypothesized relation between waking and SIB. A faded-bedtime procedure was then implemented to stabilize his sleep patterns, which reduced awakenings by 81% and post-waking SIB by 82%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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