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Self injurious behavior (SIB) is one of the most perplexing and frightening behaviors exhibited by some students. SIB is defined as behavior wherein the individual is engaging in repetitive or stereotypical behaviors that may and in some cases does result in physical harm to the individual (Jacob-Timm, 1996). The behaviors are displayed in a variety of topographies. They can range from fingernail picking to head banging, and can be so destructive that the student can cause severe injury to themselves or even death. Individuals who display this type of behavior also display a variety of medical and clinical diagnosis which may include Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Autism, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
Blamires, Valarie, "Research Treatments for Self Injurious Behavior with Unclear or Automatically Reinforced Causes and their Correlation to Least Restrictive Behavioral Interventions" (2002). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 513.
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