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BEHP1220: Repetitive Behavior: Autism, Stereotypy and Anxiety: Supporting Adaptive Behavior Is the Answer

Time limit: 60 days
3.5 credits

$45.50 Enroll

Full course description

Time: 3 hours 18 minutes
Credit: 3.5 Learning CEs

William H. Ahearn, PhD., BCBA-D, LABA 

Course Description: Presents a follow-up to the course, Stereotypy: There Are No Easy Answers, considering the significant amount of research for treating repetitive behavior that has occurred and furthered understanding of how and when to treat it. Describes why stereotypy is significant for persons with autism by examining how autism is a social learning disorder in which sensory stimulation is more salient than social stimulation. Examines the current best practices for treating stereotypy/supporting adaptive behavior. Demonstrates that well-constructed teaching environments can promote appropriate behavior with concomitant control over stereotypy. Also examines aspects of functionally analyzing automatically reinforced behavior that may predict what type of treatment will be effective. Describes another related form of automatically reinforced behavior that is common in persons with autism: anxiety. Discusses a behavior analytic account of anxiety as well as an assessment and treatment protocol for this challenging behavior. Describes relaxation training and exposure techniques.


  •  Describe autism as a social learning disorder.
  •  Describe how persons with autism pay more attention to sensory stimulation relative to social stimulation.. Describe     two or more intervention strategies for treating automatically reinforced behavior.
  •  Describe the standard RIRD procedure and several variations of it.
  •  Describe means of targeting and supporting appropriate behavior in the situations in which automatically reinforced   problem behavior is problematic.
  •  Describe the proposed subtypes of automatically reinforced self-injury.
  •  Describe how the proposed subtypes of automatically reinforced self-injury relate to predicting treatment efficacy.
  •  Describe whether these proposed subtypes of automatically reinforced self-injury are relevant to stereotypic   behavior.
  •  Describe anxiety from a behavior analytic perspective.
  •  Describe how to assess whether anxiety occurs in persons with limited communication skills.
  •  Describe relaxation training and exposure as a treatment for anxiety.

Keywords : Autism, Stereotypy, RIRD, Automatic Reinforcement, Subtyping SIB, Anxiety

Rating: This course is useful for individuals involved in the field of behavior analysis who are working with individuals with stereotypy or those who are interested in this application. It also benefits individuals who have previously taken BEHP1112, as it provides an expansion on further research and interventions. Participants should be familiar with some of the basics of behavior analysis.

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.

These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)