Noncontingent access to preferred sensory stimuli as a treatment for automatically reinforced stereotypy
Article first published online: 16 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 177–184, July 2005
How to Cite
Higbee, T. S., Chang, S.-m. and Endicott, K. (2005), Noncontingent access to preferred sensory stimuli as a treatment for automatically reinforced stereotypy. Behav. Intervent., 20: 177–184. doi: 10.1002/bin.190
- Issue published online: 4 JUL 2005
- Article first published online: 16 JUN 2005
Researchers have previously suggested that interventions designed to decrease stereotypic behavior are most effective when they include access to stimuli that are matched to the specific sensory consequences hypothesized to maintain the stereotypy. In an attempt to replicate this finding, we used stimulus preference assessments and a reversal design to evaluate the effectiveness of noncontingent access to highly preferred stimuli that were matched to the specific sensory consequences hypothesized to be maintaining the stereotypic behavior of an individual with developmental disabilities. The participant was also given noncontingent access to a highly preferred edible stimulus as a control condition. Results indicated that noncontingent access to a matched sensory stimulus produced consistent decreases in aberrant behavior while access to a highly preferred edible stimulus did not. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.