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J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1991 Dec;22(4):299-304.

Applying a DRO schedule and compliance training to reduce aggressive and self-injurious behavior in an autistic man: a case report.

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Devereux Hospital and Children's Center of Florida, Melbourne 32940.

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  • J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 1992 Jun;23(2):147.


An autistic man who displayed aggressive, self-injurious, and destructive behavior in a psychiatric hospital ward despite administration of psychotropic medications and repeated application of physical restraints was treated with a differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO) schedule and compliance training. These were employed in conjunction with ongoing medical interventions. After introduction of behavioral procedures, the frequency of applying restraints for violent behavior declined from an average of more than once per day to less than once per month. Data taken while the program was maintained over a 1-year period showed that violent behavior remained at a very low level.

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