A new autism study may be a step toward reducing stimulatory behaviors that interfere with learning.
The study, “Preliminary Effects of Conditioned Establishing Operations on Stereotypy,” was conducted by a team of autism experts, including VIA Executive Director Ethan Long, PhD, BCBA-D.
The research team developed a procedure to identify and treat distracting behaviors often exhibited by children with autism, such as hand flapping, jumping and body rocking. Through a method of signals, the team was able to control and reduce the behaviors, and create more uninterrupted time for learning.
The results of these experiments may lead to new ways of changing these behaviors in a meaningful way.
Long says this is the first in a series of studies. The team hopes to continue this research at VIA to create better treatments for behaviors that interfere with learning.
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