How to Reduce Problem Behaviors in Kids with Autism | Stuck Series Part 5
What Are Problem Behaviors?
The final area where parents and professionals get stuck is not knowing how to reduce problem behaviors, whether that’s major or minor problem behaviors. They just feel stuck with months or years of the same issues. And if it’s autism aggression, self-injurious behavior, or property destruction, it can obviously lead to very limited choices in terms of who is going to care for the child, who’s going to provide respite, or where the child can be in school.
Obviously it’s a complex topic – how to reduce problem behavior. I’ve talked about it a lot on my blog. You can read about reducing problem behaviors, Autism disruptive behavior, and how problem behaviors can be related to pain or medical problems. I believe that behavioral problems come from a demand being too high or reinforcement being too low. This is a big focus of my online courses. I don’t want to just to improve good behaviors. I want to give strategies to reduce problem behavior as well.
Finding a Balance
We want to teach language, conversation skills, and self care, but also at the same time reduce those problem behaviors. It is two sides of the same coin. We need to constantly be increasing good behaviors and reducing problem behaviors, whether they are at home or in public places like school or the store.
In general, no matter if you are stuck in any of these five areas, you always want to start with an assessment and a revision of the goals, the plan, and the targets. Really peel back that onion and figure out what is going on. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
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There won’t be one day where all of a sudden you’re turning things around, but to turn autism around, whether that is for an older child who is not toilet trained or not talking or for a young child just showing signs of autism, it’s always possible to make progress. Now is not the time to give up, even if you feel stuck.
Step by Step Progress
Your kids or clients should be making progress.
They should also at least be safe, and as independent and happy as possible.
They should be able to request their wants and needs – either vocally or with a device.
Depending on your role and the age of your child or client, I offer three different free workshops to help with all five areas you may get stuck. Each will help you work with them step by step.
Turn Autism Around for Parents and Early Intervention Professionals of children ages 1-4
Autism ABA Help for Parents of children ages 5-21
Autism Professionals Verbal Behavior Bundle for BCBA’s, teachers, OTs, SLP’s, and more.
These workshops will help you to better help your child or clients with their problem behaviors. I want to help you and your child turn autism around. Consider attending one of my free workshops to determine if they are right for you and your children or clients.
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