Supporting young people on the autism spectrum: analyzing the effectiveness of components of habit reversal treatment

Jason D Majchrzak, Karola Dillenburger

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Abstract

Habit Reversal Treatment (HRT) has been used successfully to reduce nervous habits and tics in neuro-typical children and adults. It has not been researched extensively with regards to the restricted and repetitive behaviors that are part of a diagnosis of autism. This paper reports on the effectiveness of each of the three main components of HRT for young people on the autism spectrum. The awareness training procedure was effectively used in the treatment of encopresis; the competing response procedure effectively used in addressing vocal tics; and the social support procedure was effectively used for caregiver training to enhance overall treatment outcomes. Results are discussed in the context of evidence-based practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number150
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Autism and Related Disabilities
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Component analysis
  • Habit Reversal Treatment (HRT)
  • Record review
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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