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Behavior Therapy with Autistic Children


by O. Ivar Lovaas & Robert L. Koegel — 1973

It has been our point of view—and this is consistent with a behavioristic framework—that we could develop procedures to help these children overcome their pathological behaviors and develop healthy ones without having to postulate an underlying process such as autism. Instead, we have thought that we may be able to isolate the controlling conditions for each one of these behaviors, taken one at a time. We may then find that some of these behaviors interact in the sense that if you change one behavior, certain others will change concurrently.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 5, 1973, p. 230-258
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19469, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:43:57 AM

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  • O. Lovaas
    University of California, Los Angeles
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    O. IVAR LOVAAS is a professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA.
  • Robert Koegel
    University of California, Santa Barbara
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    ROBERT L. KOEGEL works in the Institute for Applied Behavioral Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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