The analysis and treatment of problem behavior evoked by auditory stimulation
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Devlin, Sarah, Olive Healy, Geraldine Leader and Phil Reed. 2008. "The analysis and treatment of problem behavior evoked by auditory stimulation." Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 2(4):671-680.
The current study aimed to identify specific stimuli associated with music that served as an establishing operation (EO) for the problem behavior of a 6 year old child with a diagnosis of autism. Assessment results demonstrated that specific EOs for problem behavior evoked by auditory stimulation could be identified. A differential negative reinforcement procedure was implemented for specific conditions that evoked problem behavior. Using a changing criterion and a differential negative reinforcement of other behavior, exposure to specific stimuli associated with music was gradually increased, and resulted in reductions in problem behavior to near zero levels.