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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Autism and Sensory Behavior

Autism is a behaviorally-defined syndrome based on a pattern of symptoms characterized by difficulties in three main areas. These three areas are reciprocal social interaction and play, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive and unusual behavior. Some problem behaviors displayed by individuals with autism serve a sensory-based function. The assessment results for two children with autism will be described. Observational data was collected with a nonverbal seven-year-old boy to identify object preferences for training purposes. The assessment was a preliminary step for identifying reinforcers for teaching instruction-following. Data will also be presented on the function of another child’s echolalia behavior (repeating words or phrases after another person). Training implications for with both children will be discussed.

Presenters: Bryan Lehning (Undergraduate Student)
Katie Wilder (Graduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)