Management Strategies for Autism Behavior
Autistic children often have behaviors that can easily get under one’s nerve. You child’s behavior is only as good as your responses to them. The above example explains how autism behavior management works- ignoring unwanted behaviors and rewarding good ones. There are techniques to shape an autistic child’s behaviors and ways to encourage the display of unwanted actions.
1. The ABC model is a simplified way of observing and rewarding a behavior. A is for Antecedent or the event that precedes the behavior. The most effective way is to ignore the behavior. Reward a positive behavior afterward (in this case, the positive behavior is being quiet after the tantrum). Choose a reward that is meaningful to the child.
2. You have to continue the process of modifying your child’s behavior.
3. Reward or punish right away.
4. Lessen the use of reinforcements as the behavior improves. Ultimately, the goal is to change a behavior, not to make a child respond positively only when reinforcement is given. As the behavior improves, try to gradually withdraw the reinforcement. First replace material rewards with social rewards, after that replace the latter with non-social rewards until the behavior disappears completely.
How to handle Autism Behavior Problems
Parents of autistic children know exactly how frustrating it is to raise a child with this disorder. Modify the family’s expectations, cooperate in helping the patient deal with his condition, diminish negative behaviors towards the autistic family member, and work together to find practical means to help improve the quality of life and the functional skills of the autistic child.
So how does one cope with so much frustration?
- If other children are present in the family, parents must not be too absorbed with the autistic child. Yes, the child has bigger needs.
- An autistic child can drain the family’s finances which may be a huge source of problem later on. Coping with autism is never easy. Thus, parents and siblings of autistic patients should, as much as possible, develop a stronger tolerance for the stress, problems, and pressures associated with autism behavior problems and the condition itself.
Remember early understanding the signs of autism is important to help the autistic child to choose the right treatment and therapy for them.
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