— Behavior Issues

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Parenting a child with Autism

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Autism in Our Children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex diagnosis that requires a team of professionals to reach. Autism exists on a spectrum and does not look the same in every case. Research is continually informing professionals on new perspectives and best practices. Once a diagnosis is made, it is important for parents to continue working with an individualized team of professionals to help their child be successful. The recommendations for treatment will vary depending on your child’s age and specific manifestations and behaviors. However, it is recommended that parents seek out a physician well-versed in treating Autism. Parents will always be an important part of treatment. It takes a strong parent to guide a child with Autism.

Parenting a Child with Autism

  • Parents should begin with making a list of how autism is manifested in their child.
  • Parents should strengthen their understanding of Preventive Teaching and Correcting Behaviors. Both skills require the foundation of Role-Playing as a critical component.
  • Children with ASD may have a difficult time dealing with new situations. Using the skill of Preventive Teaching helps prepare your child beforehand and that preparation can lead to fewer meltdowns and blowups.
  • Be patient; with yourself and with your child.
  • Break down tasks into smaller steps if your child becomes frustrated.
  • More frequent practicing will make the new behavior more and more likely to repeat.
  • Be consistent. Keep practicing it until the new behavior is mastered.
  • In describing the behavior you want your child to do, it is important to focus on what you DO want and avoid demonstrating what you DON’T want them to do.
  • If your child is nonverbal, you can still use this skill, but will focus on demonstration.
  • Each time you feel the need to correct a behavior or provide a consequence, Role-Play what should have been done to ensure your child is learning and experiencing the desired behavior.
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Lesson 3: Autism Spectrum Disorder

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