Treating aggression in persons with autism spectrum disorders: a review

Johnny L. Matson, Louisiana State University, United States.
Jina Jang, Louisiana State University, United States. Electronic address:


Aggression is one of the most frequent and debilitating problems observed among persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It is common and can be more problematic than many core symptoms of ASD. Thus, treating the behavior is a high priority. A surprisingly limited number of studies have addressed treatment when taken in the context of the vast ASD literature. This paper reviews many of these papers and describes the types of interventions that have been used and the characteristics of the people who have been studied.