This episode of The Hoot Chronicles came out on 18th April and you can listen to it on our podcast Chirping with ABA Owls. This should take you to our podcast page or you can listen on iTunes, Podbean and other podcasting apps.
Every month, we discuss a book or article(s) that we find interesting – For this episode, we delve into a study done on needle phobia. Most specifically: Stimulus Fading And Differential Reinforcement For The Treatment Of Needle Phobia In A Youth With Autism.
This study is from 2006 and we will add the link at the end of this post.
About the authors
This article was written by Daniel B. Shabani and Wayne W. Fisher.
Shabani works for the Institute Center for Behavior Analysis & Language Development and Fisher is the Henry Rutgers Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, among other appointments, at Rutgers University.
What is the topic?
This article focuses on desensitizing an 18-year-old to needles as he displayed problem behaviour when they were presented. This young person had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and does require frequent contact with needles (e.g. testing sugar levels).
Who should read this article?
For this particular topic and area, we feel that this will be more relevant for people working and studying in the field of ABA and people who have to support clients who are required to have contact with needles.
This article explains how the contact levels with the needle were gradually increased – tolerating proximity and contact – how they used reinforcement to increase the target behaviour, and how they generalized this to other settings.
Where can you get the article?
There are various online platforms, such as google scholar, wiley library, research gate, etc. We found this particular article in the research gate website. Click here to be directed to the article.
Shabani, B. D. & Fisher, W. W. (2006). Stimulus Fading And Differential Reinforcement For The Treatment Of Needle Phobia In A Youth With Autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 39, 449-452. doi:10.1901/jaba.2006.30-05
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Carla and Lauren