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Functional analysis of insistence on sameness in an 11-year old boy with Asperger syndrome


Ollington, N and Green, VA and O'Reilly, MF and Lancioni, GE and Didden, R, Functional analysis of insistence on sameness in an 11-year old boy with Asperger syndrome, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15, (2) pp. 154-159. ISSN 1751-8423 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/17518423.2012.662660


Objective: To identify the functional properties of insistence on sameness associated with autism spectrum disorders. Method: An 11-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome was observed during play where scenarios (mistakes, misplaced items, interrupted activity) were created to correspond with parent-reported scenarios where the child would insist on sameness. The extent of problem behaviour was observed under four functional assessment conditions (restore environment, tangible, attention, escape), according to a multi-element design. Results: The results showed an interaction between the scenario type and type of functional assessment condition. Problem behaviour appeared to have a restorative function related to correcting a mistake, an attention function related to attempting to recruit help in finding a missing item and a tangible function suggesting an attempt to regain access to the materials and activity. Conclusion: Problem behaviours related to insistence on sameness may be motivated by different consequences depending on the scenario created.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome, insistence on sameness, functional assessment, play-based assessment, problem behaviour
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Ollington, N (Dr Nadia Ollington)
ID Code:77721
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-05-21
Last Modified:2014-12-21
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