Reduction of Self-Injurious Behaviors of An Individual with Autism: Use of A Leisure Communication Book


  • Rachelle Schneiter
  • Mary Ann Devine


Autism, Hand-over-Hand, Leisure Communication Book, Leisure Preferences, Self-Determination, Self-Injurious Behaviors, Verbal Prompting


The purpose of this case report is to discuss how a Leisure Communication Book (LCB) was used with an individual with autism to increase his ability to express leisure preferences. The goal of the intervention was to reduce self-injurious behaviors in leisure environments when (a) the individual attempted to communicate a leisure preference but the staff could not understand his choice; (b) the staff could not respond to leisure activity or equipment requests due to program, time, or supply constraints; and (c) various leisure activity options were offered, but not immediately available for engagement. Results indicated that use of the LCB appeared to be effective in reducing self-injurious behaviors in leisure contexts.





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