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AUCD: Welcome Reception and Poster Session: Everyday expressions of pain and their relation to problem behavior among children with autism


pdf File Courtemanche et al.-Everyday Expressions of Pain and Their Relation to Problem Behavior Among Children with ASD [download]


Andrea Courtemanche, PhD, LEND Psychology Fellow
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, UCEDD/LEND

Other Presenter(s)

R. Matthew Reese, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, United States;
Stephen R. Schroeder, PhD, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, United States;


Children with autism are described as having high pain-tolerances. We evaluated how often children with autism displayed pain during everyday routines and how those expressions of pain related to problem behaviors. We will discuss how expressions varied among children with autism compared to children with other developmental disabilities and how these expressions varied depending on the form and severity of problem behaviors including self-injurious behavior, aggression, and property destruction.

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