Early Intervention for Repetitive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Conceptual Model

Tracy J. Raulston, Wendy Machalicek

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Abstract

This paper presents a conceptual model to improve the early intervention of repetitive behavior in infants and young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We include (a) a description of the trajectory of repetitive behavior in typical and atypical development and an explanation of its relation to screening and assessment and (b) a selective review of the intervention literature for rigid and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests (RRBIs) in infants and young children with ASD. These two sets of literature are used to build the rationale for a conceptual model to improve early developmentally appropriate intervention for RRBIs in ASD. The conceptual model posits that (a) increased sensitivity of measurement tools will allow for proper identification of when intervention is warranted and (b) increased research on focused interventions and dissemination of teaching protocols will improve the comprehensiveness of developmentally appropriate intervention. Finally, other areas for future research are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-109
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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