Behavior-Setting Interactions of Autistic Children: A Behavioral Mapping Approach to Assessing Classroom Behaviors

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Psychology (CMC)

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This investigation was designed to: 1) systematically observe the behaviors of autistic children as they vary in different settings in the classroom, 2) develop a methodology for such observation, and 3) assess which environments were associated with the occurrence of certain behaviors. A behavioral mapping observation procedure was employed in three classrooms. Eight behaviors were observed in five typical classroom settings. The results indicated that within a classroom environment, particular settings were associated with or “wedded to” high rates of particular behaviors and low rates of others. The utility of behavioral mapping procedures as well as implications for classroom design are discussed.

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