14 Feb Handling Aggressive Behavior in Children with Autism
Are you wondering how to curb your autistic child’s aggression? This video teaches how to identify, reduce, and ultimately prevent aggressive behavior in children.
Learn from Dr. Mary Barbera as she explains how to reduce aggressive behavior in children on the spectrum.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Aggression is not an unavoidable characteristic of autism; it can be reduced.
- Many therapists and healthcare professionals have been hit and bit by aggressive children; these can sometimes be serious injuries.
- The earlier you can prevent or reduce problem behaviors, the better off the child will be in the long run.
- The first step in curbing aggression is a general assessment of the child.
- Children should be assessed and supervised by professionals who have worked extensively with that child.
- Medication can be an effective treatment for aggression, and looking for a medical reason behind aggression is always a good idea.
- Keep track of incidents of aggression, as well as other factors such as medication, sleep and diet. This can help pinpoint what is causing aggressive behavior.
- Assessment of medical causes behind aggression should be an ongoing process. Do not assess once and never come back to it.
- Finding a balance between behavioral demands and positive reinforcement will help curb a child’s aggression by putting less stress on them.
- Define a child’s problem behaviors as accurately as possible.
- Take videos or pictures of the aggression and its results.
- Aggressive children need a lot of positive reinforcement. They tend to receive a lot of negative attention, resulting in even more aggression.
Assessment and strategy are key when it comes to managing aggressive behaviors. Set up a consultation with Ability Life Solutions and we will help you put a plan together!