Further evaluation of noncontingent reinforcement to treat mealtime problem behavior

Jeanne Luis, Yanerys Leon, Claudia Campos

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We evaluated the effects of noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) without escape extinction (EE) on problem behavior emitted by a young boy with autism spectrum disorder during meals. Results indicated that NCR (i.e., continuous access to a highly preferred activity) was effective in reducing problem behavior and moderately increasing food acceptance. Subsequently, we evaluated a total session-based thinning of the NCR schedule. Although problem behavior remained low during schedule thinning, differential reinforcement was necessary to maintain adequate levels of food acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-521
Number of pages8
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • autism
  • food selectivity
  • mealtime problem behavior
  • noncontingent reinforcement
  • schedule thinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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