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

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

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

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

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

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

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