Volume 17, Issue 1 (1988)
Reduction of Steretypy Via Instruction of Alternative Leisure Behavior
F. Charles Mace, Diane M. Browder, Doris K. Martin
ABSTRACT: Behavioral assessment of stereotypic behavior under various environmental conditions led to the development of an effective, teacher-implemented intervention for a student with profound mental retardation. Stereotypy and leisure material manipulation were assessed in a combination multiple schedule and withdrawal design under four conditions: (a) low access to leisure materials, (b) easy access to leisure materials with no instruction, (c) easy access to leisure materials with average paced instructions, and (d) easy access to materials with fast paced instructions. Stereotypy was lowest and material manipulation was highest with easy access to leisure materials and instructions. No distinction was observed between average and fast paced instructions. The effective and practical intervention package (easy access and average paced instructions) was replicated across conditions.
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