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Session 2, Abstract 8

EARLY INTERVENTION RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Eliza Fallick* and Victoria Smith (Nicole Rodriguez), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Dept. of Biology, Lincoln, NE 68504; Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 68198.

Early intervention research is used to teach children with Autism more appropriate social and communication skills and decrease problem behavior. This project studied elopement, or running away behavior in children with autism, to understand why the participant runs away and to decrease the frequency of elopement. Previous research has evaluated whether elopement is reinforced by access to adult attention, tangible items, or escape from aversive tasks. Whether or not chase is reinforcement for elopement had not been researched. This study determined that chase might be reinforcement for elopement behavior.