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A discrete-trial approach to the functional analysis of aggressive behaviour in two boys with autism

Sigafoos, Jeff & Saggers, Beth (1995) A discrete-trial approach to the functional analysis of aggressive behaviour in two boys with autism. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 20(4), pp. 287-297.

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Abstract

Intervention to reduce challenging behaviour may be enhanced when based on a prior functional analysis. The present study describes a discrete-trial approach for the functional analysis of aggressive behaviour in two boys with autism. Twenty brief assessment trials were conducted in the classroom by the teacher under each of three conditions (i.e., attention, task and tangible). The results showed a clear pattern to each child's aggressive behaviour and suggested logical intervention strategies, although the study is limited because it involved only two children. The discrete-trial approach would appear to represent a practical and ecologically valid technique for conducting a functional analysis of challenging behaviour in applied settings

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ID Code: 30201
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/07263869500035621
ISSN: 1360-3116
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 Routledge
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2010 08:50
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:20

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