Title

Noncontingent reinforcement as treatment for self-injury and food refusal and associated self-injury

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Department

Psychology

ISSN

0021-8855

Volume

38

Issue

4

DOI

10.1901/jaba.2005.132-04

First Page

549

Last Page

553

Publication Date

Winter 12-1-2005

Abstract

We examined the use of noncontingent reinforcement to decrease self-injury and increase bite acceptance in a child who exhibited food refusal. First, a brief functional analysis suggested that self-injury was maintained by escape from food presentation. Next, we evaluated an intervention that involved noncontingent access to a video during feeding sessions. Results of the intervention showed a decrease in self-injury and an increase in bite acceptance.