Problematic Behavior

Ongoing Projects

Using interactive computer training (ICT) to train parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or intellectual disabilities to reduce challenging behaviors

Consortium national de recherche sur l’intégration sociale (CNRIS) 2016-2018

The proposed study aims to develop and evaluate the effects of an ICT web-based app designed to train parents of children with ASD to reduce challenging behavior. Specifically, the objectives of the research project are to assess whether the use of the web-based app by parents: (a) leads to the identification of a plausible function and the selection of a treatment consistent with this function; (b) is socially acceptable and easy to use; (c) reduces engagement in challenging behaviors in family settings, and (d) increases the correct implementation of behavioral interventions to reduce challenging behaviors.

Assessment and intervention for problem behaviors in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or global developmental delay

The Montérégie Health and Social Services Agency, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Butters Foundation

The goal of this project is to assess and intervene with problem behaviours in preschool-aged children with ASD or global developmental delay. This project aims to: a) produce a validated French translation of a problem behavior screening tool; b) discover the percentage of children with problem behaviour at the start of the project and study the characteristics of these children and their families in order to determine whether these variables are related to the onset of the behaviors; c) monitor children with problem behaviours from access to behaviour services until entry to school; and (d) evaluate the effects of an intervention model on early intervention services for children with problem behaviours.

Evaluation and intervention on problematic behavior among young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or global developmental delay (GDD)

Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec et Fondation Butters, 2013-2018

Through this project, problematic behavior among children with ASD or GDD is studied. The main purpose is the prevention of problematic behavior. This project aims to: (a) translate and establish French norms for the Developmental Behavior Checklist Under 4 (DBC-U4; Gray et coll., 2012), for 2 to 7 years old children with ASD or GDD; (b) describe the proportion of children with ASD or GDD that have problematic behavior at the start of services and study the characteristics of these children and their families  in relation to the problematic behavior; (c) monitor the evolution of problematic behavior into the school environment in school-age children; and (d) evaluate an intervention model from the early behavioral intervention services for children with problematic behavior.

Using mobile technology to reduce stereotypy in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) 2014-2017

The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the effects of  iSTIM, a mobile application designed and developed by the research team to assist parents in reducing stereotypy in children with autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, the objectives of the project are to assess whether iSTIM (a) accurately estimates the frequency and/or duration of stereotypy, (b) offers suggestions consistent with recommended clinical practices, (c) effectively reduces engagement in stereotypy, and (d) is socially acceptable, safe, and easy to use.

Stress and Repetitive Behavior in Nonverbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This doctoral project aims to assess the relationship between repetitive behaviors and physiological stress in nonverbal children with ASD. More specifically, this thesis aims to answer the following questions: a) Is there a link between the repetitive behaviors of nonverbal children with ASD and stress, as measured by salivary cortisol and heart rate? ; and (b) What is the effect of reducing repetitive behaviors on the stress of non-verbal children with ASD?


Completed Projects

Understand and predict the suicidal risk in individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) or autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) 2014-2016

In the first phase of this project, the goals were to: (a) describe and analyze the magnitude and characteristics of suicidal manifestations in individuals with ID or ASD who are receiving services from the health and social services network and (b), to define the best practices for estimating suicidal risk among this population in the context of health and social services and to develop corresponding clinical tools. In the second phase, the project aimed to: (c) evaluate the effectiveness of these tools for estimating suicidal risk among people with ID or ASD and (d), to develop a tool appropriation program for clinical workers in the field of ID and ASD.