Self-stimulatory behaviours: what can we do about them?
Self-stimulatory behaviours are one of the most frequent categories of disruptive behaviours, seen in individuals with autism. The purpose of this presentation is to suggest two possible interventions, which can be used to decrease the frequency, or even to eliminate those behaviours, from a person’s repertoire. A lot of times, self-stimulatory behaviours appear when the person has a reduced repertoire of leisure activities, and uses those repetitive behaviours, in order to occupy his free time. In this case, conditioning some toys and games, is the first step that needs to be done. If, after this intervention, the frequency of self-stimulatory behaviour still represents a problem, we can use another intervention, based on offering noncontingent access to stimuli that offer the same sensory consequence, as the self-stimulatory behaviour, and are socially acceptable.