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Useful Publications

Dr. Bettison's work involved much more than toilet training. We will gradually put a number of former publications on this site for your information and interest. One group of publications headed "Behaviour change" begins with Dr. Bettison's earliest publication, "Simple Behaviour Modification Techniques as Aids in Teaching Parents of Autistic Children Child-rearing Principles".

This paper reports a successful behavioural intervention. The participants were a seven-year-old girl and her mother. The child had severe Austism Spectrum Disorder and was also severely disturbed and aggressive.

As a result of the intervention, the child began to speak with meaning and purpose, she begn to follow her mother's directions and she was no longer a danger to her baby brother, parents or others. Her mother gained in confidence and skill at managing and interacting effectively with her daughter and was able to transfer the new skills she had learned to other situations and behaviour. The child was soon learning to read and participate in many educational activities. Her autism continued to cause difficulty but she and her mother were often able to develop ways of compensating for the effects of the disorder.

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