Crucial Behavior-Management Techniques for Children with Asperger’s and HFA

Children with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism (HFA) often exhibit different forms of challenging behavior. It's imperative that these behaviors are not seen as willful or malicious; more accurately, they should be viewed as connected to the child’s disorder. Parents and teachers need to recognize the difficulties that the youngster on the autism spectrum brings to each situation as a result of his or her neurologically-based disorder.

In this post, we will discuss the following:
  • Symptoms that cause behavioral problems 
  • Instructional intervention
  • Positive reinforcement 
  • Negative reinforcement
  • Supportive intervention 
  • Sticking to a routine
  • Encouraging the child’s special interest
  • Issuing rewards for positive behavior 
  • Using visual schedules

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  1. I wish I had this as ammunition with my son's 2nd grade teacher. She kept referring to his behaviour as "willful and manipulative". She refused to see there was a pattern (her emails proved it) and refused to see a child with a neurological condition. This would have helped so much, since it refutes her, in almost the exact wording she used. Thank you!

  2. It is great that the teacher is providing e-mails! I would use them to identify the antecedent, behavior and consequence. This might shed some light on the why and how and let her in on some accountability to change her behavior to help your son.