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J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Jun;42(6):1133-7. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1340-8.

Case report: 16-Year-old male with autistic disorder with preoccupation with female feet.

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Indiana University School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, 340 W 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA.


This paper highlights clinical challenges faced when diagnosing and then treating an individual presenting to a child and adolescent psychiatry clinic because of unwelcome comments he made to female peers about their feet. Novel use of exposure therapy helped him effectively decrease his comments from 1 to 2 times per month to once every 6 months. Conceptualizing this case as the individual's failed attempts toward relationships with females instead of sexual harassment led to diminution of problematic behavior. Implications for diagnosis and treatment of individuals with Autistic Disorder displaying problematic behaviors are presented.

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