Targeting social skills deficits in an adolescent with pervasive developmental disorder

Louis P. Hagopian, David E. Kuhn, Geri E. Strother

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Social skills deficits are a defining feature of individuals diagnosed with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), which can impair functioning and put the individual at higher risk for developing problem behavior (e.g., self-injury, aggression). In the current study, an adolescent with PDD displayed inappropriate social behavior (inappropriate comments, social withdrawal, and touching others without their permission) during social interactions. An intervention using instructions, differential reinforcement, and corrective feedback successfully reduced inappropriate social behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-911
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Differential reinforcement
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Social skills training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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