Early intervention and prevention of self-injurious behaviour exhibited by young children with developmental disabilities

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Abstract

The ontogeny of self-injurious behaviour exhibited by young children with developmental delays or disabilities is due to a complex interaction between neurobiological and environmental variables. In this manuscript, the literature on emerging self-injury in the developmental disability population is reviewed with a focus on an operant conceptual model of how topographies of self-injurious behaviour can change structurally and become sensitive to various environmental consequences. Results of previous studies are reviewed in terms of extending our research focus from a reactive model of assessment and treatment of well-established cases of self-injury to an early intervention and prevention model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Early childhood
  • Early intervention
  • Prevention
  • Self-injurious behaviour
  • Stereotypy

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