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Functional Analysis of Stereotypical Finger-moving in an Adolescent with Severe Disabilities

Jung-Chang Tang.

The current study included two experiments that functionally analyzed stereotypical behaviour. An analogue functional analysis was used in Experiment 1 to detect the function of one student's stereotypy which might serve to escape from task demands, obtain attention from others, or produce sensory self-stimulation. An analysis of sensory modalities was conducted in Experiment 2 to further analyze the possible sensory consequences causing the student's stereotypy. Results of the present study demonstrated sensory reinforcement was a determinant of stereotypical behavior in this student. The specific function of this student's stereotypy might be maintained by visual stimulation.


Jung-Chang Tang  (Taiwan)
Assistant Professor
Educational College

Jung-Chang Tang, Ph.D., graduated from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, U.S.A. in 2001 and published several paper in Journal identified by Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Right now he is an assistant professor in Department of Special Education, National ChiaYi University in Taiwan

  • Functional Analysis
  • Adolescent Disabilities

(30 min Conference Paper, English)