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J Appl Behav Anal. 2003 Summer;36(2):259-61.

Functional analysis and treatment of verbal perseverations displayed by an adult with autism.

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Rehabilitation Institute, Rehabilitation Services Program, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 62901-4609, USA. rehfeldt@siu.edu

Abstract

The function of perseverative speech for an adult man who had been diagnosed with autism and mental retardation was examined. Results showed that verbal perseverations were maintained by social attention. An intervention consisting of differential reinforcement of appropriate verbal responses and extinction of perseverative verbal responding was effective in decreasing verbal perseverations.

PMID:
12858991
PMCID:
PMC1284439
DOI:
10.1901/jaba.2003.36-259
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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