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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

2014Louisville

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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