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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Jerry Wellik

Second Advisor

Bradley Kaffar

Third Advisor

Michael Mills

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Autism, Self-Injurious, Interventions


The high prevalence rate of individuals with autism who display self-injurious behaviors, coupled with the growing number of youth with an autism diagnosis, has created a need for an expanded array of assistive options. This starred paper examines, through literature review, the effectiveness of interventions on self-injurious behaviors in individuals with autism. Behavior, and non-behavior, based interventions are considered from domestic and international sources. Behavior based interventions continue to be an effective option that can be applied to a wide spectrum of students, however there was significant effective use of alternative intervention strategies for specific individual applications. This holds true to the idea of individualization within the field of special education.



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