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|Material Type:||Film, Videorecording|
|Document Type:||Visual material, Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Gerald C Davison; Leonard Krasner; Stanford University. Department of Psychology.
Review date: Oct. 1976.
Reviewer: National Medical Audiovisual Center (NMAC).
Learning method: Support.
Supported by U. S. Public Health Service grant no. MH-6191 by the Department of Psychology, Stanford University and the Veterans Administration, Palo Alto, California.
|Credits:||Gerald C. Davison, Leonard Krasner|
|Reproduction Notes:||Videocassette (Betacam SP) Bethesda, Md. : National Library of Medicine, 2010. 1 videocassette (42 min.) : sd., b&w, 1/2 in. Videodisc (DVD) Bethesda, Md. : National Library of Medicine, 2010. 1 videodisc (42 min.) : sd., b&w, 4 3/4 in.|
|Description:||1 film reel of 1 (1512 ft.) : sd., b&w ; 16 mm. answer print. (2 copies) 1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (42 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. duplication copy. 1 videodisc of 1 (DVD) (42 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. viewing copy.|
|Responsibility:||Stanford University, Department of Psychology.|
This program presents a session of behavior therapy with a six-year-old male child who is considered autistic. Initially, a very brief description of behavior therapy is presented by two psychologists. Scenes from an actual session are then presented. Prior to the filming, the child and the therapist had had no contact with each other. During the first fifteen minutes of the session, the child's behavior is guided and controlled by means of social reinforcement. During this time the child is whiny, unruly, and uncooperative. The therapist then uses the systematic application of reinforcement in the form of small chocolate candies to encourage obedience and responsive behavior. Changes in the child's behavior are observed. He doesn't appear whiny, and responds more appropriately and cooperatively to the therapist. The two psychologists then briefly summarize the use of behavior therapy with this child. The benefits of this type of therapy on a long-range basis are noted.
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