Autism in the Classroom – Why Behaviors Happen

Autistic children will often engage in disruptive behaviors in the classroom. There can be many reasons for this behavior, and understanding the behaviors or triggers is the key to correcting them.

Learn from Shannon Penrod of Autism Live as she discusses the reasons why children may act out in class.

Autism in the Classroom- Why Behaviors Happen
By: Autism Live, Shannon Penrod
Initial Air Date: Feb 27, 2018
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • Behaviors always have some sort of payoff that someone feels when doing them.
  • There are five reasons kids do things in a classroom are:
    • Attention.
    • Escape.
    • Access to someone or something.
    • Sensory; they do it simply because it feels good.
    • This is usually more common in older children with anxiety, but control can be a reason too. Just to be able to control something can feel satisfying. 
  • Functional Behavior Analysts (FBAs) can examine a child’s behavior and determine why they are acting out.

Understanding your child’s behavior is an important step towards healthy development and an education they deserve. Browse our Free Video Library for more helpful information, or schedule a consultation with us to see if a Functional Behavior Analysis is the right fit for you and your family.

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