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Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Emergence, Early Intervention, and Prevention of Self-Injury Exhibited by Very Young Children With Moderate to Profound Developmental Delays

Richman DavidDavid M. Richman, Ph.D., (Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University)


Abstract: The ontogeny of self-injurious behavior exhibited by very young children with severe developmental delays is because of a complex interaction between neurobiological and environmental variables. This talk will cover variables that contribute to emerging self-injury in the developmental disability population with a focus on an operant conceptual model of how topographies of self-injurious behavior can change structurally and become sensitive to various environmental consequences. Data will be described in terms of extending our research focus from a reactive model of assessment and treatment of well-established cases of self-injury to an early intervention and prevention model.


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