ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF ELOPEMENT MAINTAINED BY ACCESS TO STEREOTYPY

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  • This project was supported by Award R03MH083193 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Mental Health or the National Institutes of Health. We thank David Brown for his assistance in conducting the study.

All correspondence should be addressed to Terry S. Falcomata, 1 University Station D5300, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (e-mail: falcomata@austin.utexas.edu).

Abstract

We evaluated a treatment for elopement maintained by access to stereotypic door play. First, we conducted a functional analysis of elopement that produced undifferentiated results. Next, we conducted an assessment in which we evaluated the relation between elopement and door play. Results suggested a functional relation between the 2 behaviors (i.e., elopement was maintained by contingent access to door play). Finally, we implemented functional communication training as a treatment for elopement in which access to door play was made contingent on a target appropriate communication response.

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