REDUCING RAPID EATING IN ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Authors


Correspondence to: Raymond G. Miltenberger, USF-MHC 2113A, 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612, USA. E-mail: miltenbe@usf.edu

Abstract

Rapid eating is a frequent problem among individuals with developmental disabilities that can pose a threat to health. This study sought to reduce the rate of eating behaviors in two adults diagnosed with moderate intellectual disability. Assessment of eating rate took place in the participants' group homes during lunch or dinner meals. Procedures included the use of vibrating pagers with and without verbal prompts to prompt eating and prevent rapid eating behaviors. Results demonstrate a clear reduction in rate of eating when using vibrating pagers and verbal prompts for both participants. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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