CARD Researchers Publish On Challenging Behavior

What’s the toughest behavior your child has ever challenged you with? Rumination can be a difficult one, but fortunately there is research that is being done on this topic. We are happy to announce the publication of “The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” CARD researchers Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, Amy Kenzer, PhD, and Michele Bishop, PhD, wrote the chapter on “Ruminative Vomiting,” a severe behavior that can have major health consequences if not treated rapidly and effectively. When children with autism ruminate, they voluntarily regurgitate into their own mouths, re-chew the food, and then re-swallow it.

Chronic regurgitation can lead to tooth decay, bad breath, and damage to the esophagus. Fortunately, there are many proven treatments for rumination and the chapter summarizes the research on all of them, in a user-friendly and practical format. Parents of children with autism who ruminate are encouraged to seek professional treatment immediately, from a behavior analyst who has experience treating rumination. The book can be found here:

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