Cognitive and Social Behavior-An Intervention Study on An Autistic Child with Delayed Development


  • Prachi Sharma Faculty of Psychology, B.M. Institute of Mental Health, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Anukampa Sharma PhD Scholar, GFSU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
  • Kusum Parante Rehabilitation Psychologist, Independent Practitioner, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India



Autism, Developmental Delay, Behavior Modification


The study was conducted with intention to know the differences of effect of ABA technique on Autistic children with normal development and delayed development. With the same thought the researcher conducted an intervention study on an Autistic child with delayed development. Intervention was done to improve the cognitive and social behavior in the child by using ABA Technique. The identified problem behaviour in child was 1. Does not sit at one place for required time, 2. Does not pay attention to instructions and 3. Screams. To identify Problem behaviors in child an Indian Standardize Check list named BASIC-M. R was used. Problem behaviours were selected on the basis of scores of checklists, behavior observation of the child and parental interview. The identified functions behind problem behaviours were self-stimulatory, skill deficient, escape and attention seeking. In the beginning sessions the therapist established good repo with child to make him comfortable with her. In later sessions it was done with using physical and verbal prompting technique and providing various Differential Reinforcements to the child. The study result reveals that the percentage of poor performance are gradually decreasing and the percentage of good responses are increasing despite of changing in activities based on their difficulty level during the sessions. It is also being proven that ABA technique is very effective technique for the Autistic children with delayed development as well.


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Prachi Sharma, Anukampa Sharma, & Kusum Parante. (2022). Cognitive and Social Behavior-An Intervention Study on An Autistic Child with Delayed Development. International Journal of Indian Psychȯlogy, 9(2).