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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Treating meal refusal related to competing protective equipment

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bourret, Jason

Description

Description

Individuals diagnosed with autism and related disabilities often engage in self-injurious behavior that can create tissue damage. Protective equipment is sometimes used to decrease the severity of tissue damage when self-injury occurs. However, wearing protective equipment may be incompatible with some forms of adaptive behavior, such as meal consumption. The purpose of this analysis was to identify a treatment for meal refusal in three adolescent males diagnosed with autism who wore protective equipment that competed with meal consumption. Two treatments were evaluated with all participants: one involved manipulation of the reinforcing efficacy of the meal, and the other involved modifying protective equipment to allow continued access during meal presentation. For two participants, both treatments were effective. For a third participant, neither treatment was effective, but the addition of differential reinforcement for eating in the absence of equipment was effective at increasing meal consumption.

Funder

Funder

The New England Center for Children

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

5780

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2015

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SH. Support at least two studies that focus on research on health promotion and prevention of secondary conditions in people with ASD by 2012. Secondary conditions of interest include weight issues and obesity, injury, and co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

No link available.

Institution

Institution

New England Center for Children (NECC)

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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