Challenging behavior

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Sometimes people on the autism spectrum may display severe and difficult behavior. It includes what would normally be considered physically aggressive behavior but can also include any action that has a negative impact on the person or their loved ones. At the Beehavior Company, our experts can help you understand and correctly assess the reasons behind these behaviors, and how to defuse the situation. Call now for details!

Types of Challenging behavior

There are 5 specific types of challenging behavior, namely:

  • Self-Injurious Behavior – harming one’s self, often in the form of headbanging, head hitting, self-biting, or self-scratching. There are several reasons for this behavior. These include attention-seeking, escape from an activity they don’t like doing or that might cause them stress (such as brushing their teeth), a quest for sensory input and pain relief (a more extreme version of how you might press your eyes or head when you have a headache).
  • Aggression – much like self-harming, people on the autism spectrum may display aggressive tendencies as a method of attention-seeking or escape from activities they don’t like doing or that might cause them stress. It can also be a sign of sensory overload or frustration at feeling misunderstood.
  • Pica – this is basically eating non-food stuff like paper, cigarette butts, dirt, sticks, etc. In rare cases, Pica could be due to a lack of certain minerals in the diet, but usually, it is a habit. ABA has proven effective in dealing with this behavior.
  • Destructive or Disruptive Behavior – similarly to aggression and self-harm, destroying property can be a way for a person on the spectrum to show displeasure, frustration, or pain.
  • Elopement – wandering or running away. The reasons for this can be to escape an unwanted situation, to go to a preferred place or object, or to simply get you to chase them. The issue with this behavior is you never know what will trigger it or where leading to potentially dangerous situations when outdoors or in unfamiliar locations.

Treating these severe challenging behaviors involves looking at the triggers and typical consequences for the behavior. Once we understand the events that make the challenging behavior more likely, we can develop a treatment based on modifying those events. Treatment plans at The Beehavior Company can include teaching new skills (such as communication), teaching the person how to better cope with the situation, as well as positive reinforcement. Call us today to learn more!

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Reading Between the Lines

There’s been a great deal of research about how people with autism lack a theory of mind, meaning they are not able to envision someone else having their own impressions and perceptions of the world around them. While this may be true, it can also be said that parents, teachers, and other specialists don’t understand what could be called the child’s theory of sensation and perception.

You might not understand why your child views a flickering strip of light like a bolt of lightning, or why the doorbell sounds like a cannon shot to them. We may not grasp why a child needs to run around the class so they don’t fall out of their chair, or why yogurt is the only food they can digest.

Many of your child’s behaviors may not make obvious sense to you. But your child doesn’t throw toys at the walls to make you cry or get angry. The truth is, from the perspective of your child, these actions DO make sense. It is important to remember that all these behaviors have a ‘trigger.’ Once you have identified these triggers, you can then take steps to counteract them, and reduce the instances of problematic behaviors. With every behavior, your child is sending you coded messages about things that are important to him. Your job is to decode these messages, and The Beehavior Company is here to help you.

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