January 2, 2014
By Autism Society
Patterns of challenging behavior have long been associated with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Behaviors may manifest in the form of problems with sleep, excessive activity levels, intense tantrums, self-stimulatory or stereotypic movements (e.g., rocking, hand flapping), and more serious behaviors such as aggression towards others, destruction of materials and the physical environment, and self-injury. One approach for problem behaviors is through behavioral intervention. The article, “Outcomes-based Intervention Approaches” from the Autism Advocate, discusses having a functional behavioral analysis (FBA) done to understand what triggers certain behaviors. This may be offered through your child’s IEP as part of developing a positive behavioral supports plan (PBS).
A behavior analyst may be able to help with behaviors; to locate one nearby you can search “Related Services” and “Consultants” in Autism SourceTM, the Autism Society's online referral database at: www.autismsource.org. The Autism Source database is free, searchable by location or service type, and provides resource listings throughout the United States. Listings include: Autism Society local affiliates, government agencies, physicians, medical and diagnostic centers, legal and advocacy services, consultants, camps, research centers, and more.
If you scroll to the bottom of the search page in Autism Source, there is a box that says, "Try these specialized search sites." There is a link to BCBA. The BACB, which credentials and provides Board Certification to Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Associate Behavior Analysts (BCABA). To find an ABA professional near you, visit the BACB website and click on "Certificant Registry".
Remember that Behavioral issues may also be linked to underlying medical issues. You should talk to your doctor and discuss if any biomedical treatments would be beneficial to explore. The Autism Society provides comprehensive information of these treatments.
April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.