Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #18
Understanding the Stalking Behaviors by Individuals With ASD
Saturday, May 26, 2012
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
302 (TCC)
Area: AUT/CSE; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Linda K. Haymes (Touro University)
KEITH STOREY (Touro University)
MICHAL POST (Touro University)
TAMARA LOUGHREY (Loughrey & Associates)
V. MARK DURAND (University of South Florida St. Petersburg)

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may have trouble reading social cues and understanding the viewpoint of others, as well as combing fixations and obsessive compulsive behaviors. In addition, because individuals with ASD have problems with theory of mind, they may engage in inappropriate romantic and/or sexual behavior (sometimes identified as intimacy seekers or incompetent suitors in the stalking literature) and have charges of stalking brought against them. Though the prevalence of stalking behaviors among individuals with ASD is not known, it could be increasing as individuals are increasingly served in inclusive school and work settings. The purpose of the panel presentation is to provide an overview of stalking behavior in school and employment settings for individuals with ASD and to suggest possible intervention strategies. This panel will present current perspectives on what stalking is and how it applies to individuals with ASD, a general overview of legal implications for stalking in inclusive settings (schools and the workplace), and guidelines for using positive behavior supports to address stalking behaviors for individuals with ASD.

Keyword(s): autism, inclusive settings, PBS, stalking behavior



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