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Behavioral approaches to the treatment of early infantile autism: A Review

Psychological Bulletin 1977 Mar;84(2):249-64

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Behavioral approaches to the treatment of early infantile autism are examined and evaluated. Attempts to modify such diverse targets as self-destructive bhavior, tantrums, aggressive and disruptive behavior, self-stimulation, toilet training, eye contact, imitation, verbal skills, prosocial behavior, and classroom activity are presented. It is concluded that although the level of product has been generally less than experimental (or quasi-experimental) in nature, there is reason to believe that behavioral intervention has been associated with real behavior change.


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