Early intervention and prevention of self-injurious behavior exhibited by young children with severe developmental delays

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The ontogeny of self-injurious behavior exhibited by young children with developmental delays or disabilities is undoubtedly due to a complex interaction between neurobiological and environmental variables. This manuscript reviews the literature on emerging self-injury in the developmental disability population with a focus on an operant conceptual model for the development, early intervention, and prevention of self-injury. The manuscript reviews empirical studies providing preliminary support to extend our research focus from a reactive model of assessment and treatment of well-established cases of SIB to an early intervention and prevention approach. Descriptors: early childhood, early intervention, prevention, developmental disabilities, self-injurious behavior, stereotypy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
StatePublished - 2009


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