Assistive Technology for People With Behavior Problems


This chapter provides a selective overview of the use of assistive technology to support people with diverse abilities who engage in problem behavior. The chapter begins with a description and definition of problem behavior. Next is an overview of the characteristics of the populations that have received assistive technology interventions to treat problem behavior. The next section provides a selective overview of the assistive technologies used to manage problem behavior. Assistive technology strategies are divided into two general categories—those that focus on (a) antecedent cue or self-control strategies (enhancing stimulus control of adaptive behavior and/or teaching people to monitor their own behavior) and (b) consequence strategies (providing consequences contingent upon problem behavior or teaching people to use appropriate communication to access desired consequences). The final section provides an overview of the clinical and academic implications of the use of assistive technologies to support people with behavior problems.


O’Reilly, M. F., Lancioni, G. E., Sigafoos, J., Lang, R., Healy, O., Singh, N. N., Sorrells, A., . . . Gevarter, C. (2014). Assistive technology for people with behavior problems. In G. Lancioni & N. Singh (Eds.), Assistive technology for people with diverse abilities (pp. 191–218). New York, NY: Springer.