Dealing with Behavioral Issues

Maintaining a positive attitude goes a long way when dealing with behavioral issues.  While approaches to decreasing or eliminating misbehaviors may vary, consistency and positive reinforcement are important components.

You’ll come to recognize what triggers many challenging behaviors, such as wanting a desired object,wanting attention, a change in sensory stimulation, attaining emotional control, escaping from an unpleasant situation or simply miscommunication.

You can effect change to misbehaviors by considering what changes can be expected, how they will be measured and setting realistic goals for change.  As with typical children, you may use different approaches to promote behavioral change in children with ASD, such as distracting the child, ignoring the behavior, rewarding the child for an appropriate behavior, teaching new skills, or changing the environment.

With input from your child’s treatment therapists and help from the people around him, you will be able to develop a behavior management strategy.  Again, a consistent approach and positive reinforcement are the most significant factors for attaining success.