M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology
College of Education
Autistic people; Emotion-focused therapy
Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
The purposes of this individual case study were to (a) to decrease the maladaptive behaviors displayed by the participant and (b) have the participant verbalize his feelings before they build up to cause the maladaptive behavior. The study used positive reinforcement and rewards to reinforce the positive behaviors displayed by the participant as well as to deter negative behaviors. The participant made vast improvements in expressing his emotions and also showed great improvement in controlling his maladaptive behaviors. Implications of a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder are discussed as well as an explanation of other studies performed for individuals with this diagnosis.
Levine, Samantha, "Individual case study: verbalizing emotions to reduce aggressive outbursts in an autistic adult" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 106.