Supporting Children and Youth with ASD Who Exhibit Challenging Behavior
August 23, 2013
By Autism Source
Children and youth with ASD may exhibit challenging behaviors associated with the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Behaviors may include sleep issues, excessive activity levels, intense tantrums, self-stimulatory or stereotypic movements (e.g., rocking, hand flapping), and more serious behaviors such as aggression towards others (e.g., hitting, kicking), destruction of materials and the physical environment, and self-injury (e.g., hand biting, head hitting and banging).
Possible reasons that challenging behavior can occur are:
- frustration at not being able to communicate
- difficulty waiting for something, because of difficulty with concept of time and abstract thinking - an unfamiliar person
- a change in routine
- over-sensitivity to noise, crowds, smells, touch, sight (see our information sheet ‘The sensory world of the autism spectrum’)
- under-sensitivity – seeking out sensory input from pinching or slapping
- feeling unwell, tired, hungry, thirsty, uncomfortable
- not wanting to do something
Such behaviors can have a variety of negative physical, social, educational, and economic consequences. They can result in significant pain, injury, and emotional distress for children and families, and for teachers providing support to them. Participation in schools, residential programs, and other community settings may be jeopardized and there is an increased risk of readmission to public residential facilities. Providing necessary support results in greatly increased costs. Such behaviors may place children with ASD at greater risk for abusive treatment by support staff. It is clear that challenging behavior is frequently exhibited by children with ASD, and without intervention they are at much greater risk for a variety of negative outcomes.
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