21 Aug 15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum
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As the parent of an autistic child, you may have trouble managing their behavior. Learning to encourage good behavior and put your child at ease with clear expectations can aid in having a calmer home.
Learn from certified psychologist and licensed behavior specialist Rachel Wise as she discusses methods for managing your child’s behavior.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Autistic children may have trouble with communication, sensory input, breaking routine and empathy, among other things.
- Caregivers may have to change their own behavior or the child’s environment to see any changes in behavior.
- Give your child timeframes on what they need to do. Let them know that they have a task to do and when they need to do it.
- Visual timers such as digital timers and sand timers will help your child visualize the time they have remaining before they must switch to a different task or activity.
- Tell your child exactly what your expectations are, and let them earn privileges by following your instructions.
- For children with language disabilities, showing them visual cues helps them get ready to move on to the next activity.
- Take advantage of teachable moments. If your child does something wrong, explain how to do it correctly rather than just reprimanding them for doing it wrong.
- Choose tasks that have clear ending points. Many children do better on an assignment or chore if they know when it will end.
- Stay calm when interacting with the child. Talk with friends or a therapist for support if need be.Getting angry with your child may simply make their behavior worse in the long run.
Use schedules, routines and clear expectations to help your child understand your expectations and standards. If you need support creating a reliable routine for your child with autism, schedule a consultation with your friends at Ability Life Solutions today!