A positive behavior support plan does much more than just addressing negative or difficult behaviors; it is a plan formulated through a collaborative effort from caregivers, teachers, therapists, and doctors in a child’s life. It is often used for children with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, and autism. But before looking at exactly how to implement

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Sometimes it’s easier to choose a path of comfort that doesn’t trigger anxiety, particularly for those with high sensitivity to stimuli. I’m not sure anyone likes to be called inflexible. I’m thinking that those on the autism spectrum just want us to understand how they feel in this world and need us to be patient

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Karen Kaplan, MS

An autism behavior technician can play a major role in the progress and support your child receives when implementing new behavioral changes in children with autism. A behavior technician can work in a different variety of settings that range from in-home services, in-clinic services, in-school services, and within the community, to better assist and support

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

There’s a quote by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin that says: “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”. In other words, you are what you eat. This article overviews how our children’s nutrition can affect their overall functioning.  Do you ever feel that your child’s tantrums are tipping over the edge? If

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Darolyn Lewis FNTP, CGP

A behavior intervention specialist, also known as BIS, helps teachers and students in a classroom by  implementing behavior intervention plans, also known as BIP, in the field of special education.   The titles of a professional behavior support specialist may change slightly due to level of education, the type of college they went to, what certification

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Firstly, you might be asking “what is a behavior management plan?” Well, a behavior management plan or BMP is designed to help a student or child overcome or change negative behaviors into positive and more appropriate behaviors.  Also known as a behavior intervention plan (BIP), it is important for both parents of children with autism

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Functional behavior analysis can be used in special education or in Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA, to allow the observer to learn what triggers and leads to challenging behaviors. This type of intervention helps us learn the function of difficult behaviors as well as environmental factors that may impact or interfere with Behavior

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

You may be chatting as a family and suddenly, your autistic child reacts out of character and you simply can’t understand what triggered him/her. Autism is complex and diverse; individuals on the spectrum express themselves in a variety of confusing ways that can often leave you asking: “how can I help my child when I

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

All parents want to find the best way to help their children behave, learn, and grow. This can be a bit more of a challenge for parents of children with autism. When it comes to teaching new behaviors, many behavior analysts encourage the use of something called “natural reinforcement” for kids on and off the

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Claire Delano, BA

Behavior management strategies are essentially behavior intervention plans that can be used in a variety of environments to help parents, families, schoolteachers, and friends deal with behavioral challenges. Behavioral management strategies can help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) become more self aware of their actions so they gain a better understanding of the wider

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Counting to 20 was my go-to strategy over my 30-year career working with children with disabilities. I used the 20-count to help children with many situations including waiting, transitioning, desensitization, and reinforcement.  Counting out loud has been a strategy used and taught in child-rearing and education for centuries. Many different counting approaches are regularly used

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Colette McNeil, MPsych

How to support children on the spectrum who may have difficulty understanding why others do not share the same opinions and beliefs. How wonderful it is for a child, teen, or adult to have strong opinions and not be afraid to express them. A commitment to accomplishing something can be admirable, but how do we

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Karen Kaplan, MS

Jason, age six, was admonished by his father for picking his nose in a public bathroom when they were at Target. However, Jason was very confused because his father had told him that if he needed to pick his nose, he should do it in private, like in the bathroom. So here he was in

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Lorna Hecker, PhD, LLC

Life is hard at the moment, most of us will do just about anything to make it a little bit easier. Kids doing what they’re supposed to be doing, when they’re supposed to be doing it? I think most parents are willing to chuck a jackpot type amount at a reward system for that to

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Being a parent to a child with autism can be challenging in many ways. Not only can autism lead to delays and problems with communication and social interaction, but it can also cause many behavioral challenges. Many children with autism can exhibit aggression. This aggression often manifests as unexpected outbursts of biting, scratching, kicking, hitting,

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Emily Ransom, MSE

Discrete trial training often is referred to as DTT training and sometimes DTI (discrete trial instruction) training in the field of ABA, or applied behavior analysis. The purpose of discrete trial training is to break down the steps of a task instead of trying to conquer it all at once. Some children with autism struggle

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

As humans, we are social beings, governed by societal expectations. To be functional in society, our social conduct is important and, because of this, teaching children “good” behavior from a young age is key. One way children can learn what types of behavior are appropriate is through discipline—it is part of educating your child to

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

If you’re parenting a child with autism, you may have come across the term “discriminative stimulus” in relation to behavior therapy or techniques to use at home – but what does it really mean and how can this method be applied? This article offers an overview of discriminative stimulus and outlines some examples of how

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Read on as we bust the common misconception that individuals on the autism spectrum lack empathy.  Empathy, humanity’s oldest trait, is the magical, yet natural, human ability to deeply understand those around us; to walk in their shoes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this always came naturally to us and to our children? There are

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Mimi Nicklin, BSc

The role of caregivers is just as important as therapists when providing supportive structure for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In teaching and managing challenging behaviors, behavior analysts play a critical role in empowering caregivers to ensure interventions undertaken during private sessions cross-over to the home environment to ensure a holistic and functional developmental

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

The developing stage of every child is marked by a series of milestones—from their first words, to the first time they crawl and, ultimately, their first steps. These developmental milestones are, for physicians as well as parents, indications of whether a child is developing within a neurotypical frame or not.  When infants enter the developmental

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

When children with autism act out and misbehave at home or in school, it can be due to a number of things going on in their lives, but it can also be due to the fact they have ASD and therefore struggle to express themselves. Sometimes a child with autism is unable to explain what

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

Parents of children with autism collectively share concerns over outbursts, aggressive behaviors, social and developmental delays, and the need for better training and understanding of autism in our communities. Having an understanding of what autism is and what it can look like can help you learn what triggers your child specifically, to help reduce tantrums

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

What is EIBI? Well, according to research, it’s an intervention that can help children with autism decrease negative behaviors and increase positive behaviors. EIBI is considered one of the best intensive behavioral interventions for toddlers aged five and below. Read on to understand what this early intervention program is and why it might be a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

I have a question regarding my son who is nine-years-old and has high functioning autism. Whenever he gets frustrated, he uses inappropriate words. For example, he doesn’t like to take a bath. If I say, “You should go to the bathtub before the timer goes off,” he says, “I’ll break the timer.” If the bus

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

Stimming, which is a nickname for “self-stimulatory behavior” is a repetitive behavior such as head banging, hand flapping, rocking, or making noises or sounds that helps a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to self-soothe. In the case of vocal stimming (or verbal stimming), the child might make noises such as groaning, grunting, high- pitched

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Sharon Longo, BA

If you’re an autism parent, it’s likely you have come across the term “vicarious reinforcement”. But what does it mean? Well, reinforcement in psychology involves recognizing and rewarding good behavior to motivate such behavior to be repeated. So, vicarious reinforcement is about a person’s tendency to copy the behaviors they have witnessed others being rewarded

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

Repetitive and restrictive behavior are among the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). However, the mechanisms behind repetitive behaviors in autism have proven quite challenging to understand. Although some experts suggest that these behaviors in children with ASD result from an attention deficit, others are convinced children with autism have abnormalities in the motor

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a type of behavioral therapy based on methods used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Founded on the Denver Model, which is used to assist older children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ESDM is an early intervention program for children ranging from 12 months to 4 years.  Toddlers learn and

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Sharon Longo, BA

To an outsider, a child with autism having a meltdown might appear like a child having a temper tantrum, but the circumstances are often more complex than what meets the eye. Those who have cared for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will know a meltdown is handled differently and with intimate knowledge of

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

Headbanging may be a scary and upsetting thing to watch your child do. It is considered a self-injurious behavior (SIB),  but SIB’s and/or headbanging are NOT considered a core symptom of autism, although children with autism are at greater risk of SIB’s such as head-banging. It is also important to note that just because your

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

If you’re an autism parent, it is likely you’ve seen your child present repetitive stimming (self stimulatory) behaviors such as hand flapping, spinning, and shaking. These behaviors can be worrying if they’re not fully understood. In this guide we will discuss everything you need to know about stimming in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

The hardest part of treating people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is observing self-injurious behavior. It is especially difficult for the individual’s family and carers to witness them hurting themselves with such aggression when they do not always understand the reason or cause of the trigger. Therefore, I take my clients’ needs very seriously, and

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Meltdowns are often caused by sensory issues. The world is often too loud, too bright, too stinky, or too silent. Even if a meltdown is triggered by something else, adrenaline will heighten our senses more. This is a natural survival instinct, but people with autism go into survival mode more often. This leads to a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Anika Smith

Every parent has experienced the embarrassment, frustration, and exhaustion of a child’s temper tantrum. It doesn’t matter what is the diagnosis or developmental stage—and it happens to both the novice and most experienced parents. Inevitably, if you have a child, you will find yourself trying to manage behavioral outbursts. If you’re a parent of a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Alescia Ford-Lanza, MS, OTR/L, ATP

I have a 20-year-old son with Asperger’s syndrome.  He has just started the workforce and tried college but failed all of his classes. He was recently laid off from his employment and is now on unemployment.  He lives in his own apartment and pays his own bills. The problem I’m having is he has meltdowns almost

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Angelina M., MS, BCBA, LMFT

In a recent study it was found that as many as 30% of children on the autism spectrum engage in self-injurious behaviour like head banging or skin picking. This an alarming issue for families with children on the autism spectrum. In this guide we discuss the causes and strategies to help your child reduce self-injurious behavior.

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

As a pediatric occupational therapist and a mother, I try my best to fully understand each child and his/her sensory needs, both at home and in my practice.  Children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) tend to experience sensory overload or adverse reactions to sensory input more frequently than typically

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kimberly Z. Syers, BAPSY, MOT

Question: Why Do Children Engage in Head Banging? Answer: Headbanging and autism can be a disturbing combination. While it’s terrifying to witness as a parent, it’s important to note it’s a surprisingly common behavior in many children with autism. Up to 20 percent of babies and toddlers bang their heads purposefully. Among them, boys are

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA