Longitudinal functional analysis of problem behavior during an atypical neuroleptic medication cross-over evaluation for an adolescent with developmental disabilities

Timothy R. Moore, Raymond C. Tervo, Jennifer J. McComas, Patrick F. Rivard, Frank J. Symons

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Abstract

This quasi-longitudinal descriptive case study evaluated problem behavior for an adolescent boy with developmental disabilities via repeated functional behavioral analysis (FBA) probes during a blinded cross-over from the atypical neuroleptic Risperdal (Risperidone) to Seroquel (Quetiapine). The repeated FBA probes showed no medication differences for the frequency or function of problem behavior. A second study was completed following a school placement change with repeated FBA probes and a stable medication regimen. In this context, problem behavior was negatively reinforced in the form of escape from task demands. School staff subsequently implemented a function-based treatment decreasing problem behavior during treatment sessions. Implications for collaboration between health care providers and behavioral specialists in the design of comprehensive interventions for problem behavior are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-119
Number of pages15
JournalEducation and Treatment of Children
Volume32
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 31 2009

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