Publication Date

Summer 2015

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Multicategorical Special Education

First Advisor

Philip Boudreau, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to discover if adult initiated transitions from center to center cause students with Autism self-injurious behavior. An ABC chart was used to gather data based on how many times the student inflicts self-harm upon himself, and what time of the day the self-injurious behavior occurs. With the data that was gathered on the student it was noticed that the most self-injurious behavior occurred when the student had to leave one center provided with adult initiation, and when he did not want to leave the activity of choice. As the behavior came more problematic, interventions were implemented to alleviate the self-injurious behavior. Such interventions were used as the countdown method, and saying "hands-down" when the behavior was occurring. The interventions decreased the behavior over time and the self-injurious became less prevalent.


A certificate documenting training on the ethical use of human research subjects attached as Appendix B was removed by OPUS staff.