After a pre-treatment screening analysis suggested that rumination exhibited by a boy with autism occurred in the absence of social consequences, we evaluated the effect of a verbal reprimand contingent on the target behavior via a reversal design. The reprimand reduced rumination to near-zero levels; we then thinned the reprimand schedule and rumination remained infrequent. Follow-up data collected 6, 12, and 18months after initial treatment suggested that intervention effects were maintained.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health