Contingency Contracting with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Public School Setting

Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities (Impact Factor: 0.89). 19(2):103-114. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-007-9036-x

ABSTRACT In this study, a contingency contract procedure was implemented to promote adherence to rules of conduct in an elementary
school setting by 2 male participants, one 10-year-old with a diagnosis of Autistic Disorder and one 9-year-old with ADHD
and probable Asperger’s Disorder. Prior to intervention, both participants engaged in frequent challenging behaviors, including
tantrums, antisocial vocalizations, and physical aggression. Written contracts were developed in collaboration with participants
and revised several times during the study as participants progressed; in the final stages, a self-monitoring requirement
was included. A changing criterion design was used to evaluate the effects of contracts on participants’ adherence to rules
of conduct. Results suggest that contracts were effective for both participants. Thus, contingency contract procedures may
be useful for some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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