Children with autism can display challenging behaviors. Parents often wonder exactly how challenging behaviors are defined. Generally, autism therapists define them as any behaviors that reduce the child’s quality of life, such as by interfering with his or her family life or social life. Behaviors that prevent a child from functioning within certain settings, such as classrooms, are also considered challenging behaviors.
You can hear more about this topic by watching this video, which is presented by Autism Speaks. The video explains that aggressive and self-injurious behaviors are often a result of an inability to communicate what an individual wants. This autism expert gives an example of a case study of a boy who began biting his teachers, which was uncharacteristic for him. They eventually discovered that his aggressive behavior was due to excessively tight shoelaces.
At The Behavior Exchange, our autism therapists can empower children and families to overcome challenging behaviors by using effective, evidence-based strategies. Families in the Dallas and Plano areas can give us a call at (972) 312-8733.