There are many different views and opinions about reinforcement strategies, negative punishment, and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and how they work together in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to improve behavior. Many parents, caregivers, and educators are unsure of what reinforcement strategies and negative punishment are and how they might benefit the person with autism.

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Donnesa McPherson, AAS

There are several opinions on self-stimulatory behavior, also known as “stimming”. This article considers the first-hand view of an autistic person. I have heard varying definitions and reasons why self-stimulatory behaviors occur in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The explanations are frequently from those in a position of treating or serving the ASD community,

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Michael Tanzer

Evidence based practices for autism spectrum disorder are a procedure or group of procedures that use a combination of instruction and intervention approaches. Evidence based practices for autism are a procedure or group of procedures that use a combination of instruction and intervention approaches. For a practice to qualify as evidence based, researchers provide information

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Donnesa McPherson, AAS

For any parents who have had people ask them “are autistic children violent?”, this article offers a mom and life coach’s perspective on what so-called violence truly is and how to manage it in the context of autism. I knew this day was going to be rough, but nothing could have prepared me for what

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Rachel Andersen

A psychologist’s advice for dealing with temper tantrums. “Children behave well when they can,” writes Professor Ross W. Greene. For children with autism spectrum disorders, this statement is also absolutely true. How do adults like parents, relatives, or even a babysitter act in a situation where a child has a tantrum? Many adults do not

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Donald Mena

Children with autism are often associated with aggressive behavior such as physical aggression and verbal aggression including yelling, screaming, tantrums, and outbursts. These challenging behaviors can be stressful for families to deal with every day at home or at school. They can create a wide range of emotions from feelings of anger, isolation, and helplessness

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Stimming refers to (repeated) self-stimulating behaviors; some feel the definition should also include a reference to “self-soothing” to be more appropriate. Whatever the definition, stims like finger flicking are not odd habits—rather, they may be one of the most powerful coping mechanisms for individuals on the spectrum. Have you ever felt a rising sense of

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Antecedent stimulus is used frequently with children who have autism. It can help caregivers and teachers understand why a problem behavior may be happening and allows them to shape the behavior to have an either positive or negative outcome. Antecedent is also something that comes before a behavior and is sometimes referred to as a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Here are some tips on how you, as a parent, can help your child manage his/her stimming behavior. Stimming is often associated with children on the autism spectrum, although stimming is something that neurotypical individuals will engage in as well. Stimming is also known as self-stimulatory behavior and can be characterized by repetitiveness of body

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Aggression is a common issue for both children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It may be verbal (shouting, screaming, cursing) and/or physical (hitting, kicking, biting, destroying property, self-injury).  Some research suggests that children with autism are more likely to show aggressive behaviors than typically developing children and children with other developmental disabilities. People

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Claire Delano, BA

All children lie at some point, usually to avoid getting in trouble. That doesn’t mean they do it well—after all, who else but your toddler would scribble all over the walls? Most children with autism struggle with abstract concepts, social communication, and interpreting things literally, so as a parent, you might wonder: Can my child

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Claire Delano, BA

When preparing children for the real world, learning about consequences and punishment is important.  Punishment should not only be used as a last resort. This is a controversial statement that may make you stop reading this article before it begins—but hear me out before you make a judgment. The keyword in this statement is “only”.

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Fady Beshara, MSc, BCBA

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

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

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 spectrum disorder (ASD) is complex, with some individuals on the spectrum showing impulsive aggression as they struggle to express their needs. Some children with autism experience impulsive aggression where they

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

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

One way children can learn what types of behavior are appropriate is through discipline—it is part of educating your child to learn right from wrong and to understand socially acceptable and respectful behavior. Disciplining your autistic child is no easy task though, and requires a lot of patience. Implementing discipline strategies can be challenging and

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

The role of caregivers is just as important as therapists when providing supportive structure for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With this in mind, a key thing parents and professionals can collaborate on is managing challenging behaviors, and one way of doing so is through incidental teaching. Incidental teaching offers caregivers or parents a

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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, 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 Carol Tatom, RBT