Harnessing repetitive behaviours to engage attention and learning in a novel therapy for autism: an exploratory analysis

Chen, G.M., Yoder, K.J., Ganzel, B.L., Goodwin, M.S. and Belmonte, M.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-4633-9400, 2012. Harnessing repetitive behaviours to engage attention and learning in a novel therapy for autism: an exploratory analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 3. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Rigorous, quantitative examination of therapeutic techniques anecdotally reported to have been successful in people with autism who lack communicative speech will help guide basic science toward a more complete characterisation of the cognitive profile in this underserved subpopulation, and show the extent to which theories and results developed with the high-functioning subpopulation may apply. This study examines a novel therapy, the "Rapid Prompting Method" (RPM). RPM is a parent-developed communicative and educational therapy for persons with autism who do not speak or who have difficulty using speech communicatively.The technique aims to develop a means of interactive learning by pointing amongst multiple-choice options presented at different locations in space, with the aid of sensory "prompts" which evoke a response without cueing any specific response option. The prompts are meant to draw and to maintain attention to the communicative task–making the communicative and educational content coincident with the most physically salient, attention-capturing stimulus – and to extinguish the sensory–motor preoccupations with which the prompts compete.ideo-recorded RPM sessions with nine autistic children ages 8–14years who lacked functional communicative speech were coded for behaviours of interest.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Chen, G.M., Yoder, K.J., Ganzel, B.L., Goodwin, M.S. and Belmonte, M.K.
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Place of Publication: Lausanne, Switzerland
Date: 2012
Volume: 3
ISSN: 1664-1078
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00012DOI
Rights: © 2012 Frontiers Media S.A. All Rights Reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:49
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22714

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