Strategies that can help with behavior
Achieving Self-Control with Autism is a skill most autistic children have trouble acquiring. Including inappropriate outbursts but also habits that can be potentially dangerous, such as being aggressive towards others or causing harm to themselves, such as banging their heads off walls. To prevent these and other behaviors, parents and educators can use to control autistic tendencies is self-management. Giving the child power over him- or herself is often the key to keeping control over violent situations and maybe a positive step towards learning other behaviors.
Self-management works because the child is no longer fully controlled by others. When teaching self-management during certain times of day, such as while the child is at school or in therapy, they will likely gain self-control during all times of the day. The key is to implement a program in which behavior, and activities. Begin with short amounts of time, and continue to monitor the child from a more passive standpoint, every ten to fifteen minutes. Remind the child that they are in control and monitor and be aware of good and bad behavior.
This monitoring is a form of self-evaluation. When a child is in control, they may think more closely about behavior in the past and present. Set clear goals with the child. such as no aggression towards others or a day at school with no self-injury.
Every so often, ask the child how they are doing. Is the goal being met? If the answer is no, perhaps the child is not ready for self-management, or the goals are too unattainable. You want to make sure that the goals are easy to reach first and then move the child towards more difficult goals in the future. When a child is successful at self-monitoring, they will have a more positive attitude toward the experience.
Of course, an important part of self-management is a rewards system. Have the child come up with his or her own reward, depending on interest. Reinforcement will make these good behavior goals more clearly marked in the child’s mind. By choosing and rewarding the child will feel completely in control of the self-management system. Choose simple rewards to start, and work up to a larger goal, such as a special activity or new toy when a certain amount of smiley faces has been attained.
Keep In Mind
These types of programs do not develop overnight. So it is important that you and the child have enough time to devote to a self-management experience. By reinforcing good behavior with rewards, the child will be more likely to carry this on outside of school. If your child is mature enough, this could be a good treatment program to try.