Aspergers Disease

Children with Aspergers Disease frequently display challenging behaviors as a response to a world which they cannot deal with effectively. 

Any attempt to discontinue the behaviors must first consider why the behavior is occurring. 

Challenging behaviors occur for one of four reasons; to get something, to make something go away, to meet sensory needs, or because of pain.

The first challenge in dealing with the challenging behaviors of a child with Aspergers Disease is to determine why the behavior is occurring. 

It may appear to be evident. 

But you must ask yourself first, is the behavior working? 

If the behavior is not working, they will not continue to display it. 

The bottom line is they continue the behavior because it works!   

You can attempt to eliminate a behavior without knowing the underlying cause, but generally they will simply replace that behavior with another, because their needs go unmet.  

The best way to establish why the individual with Aspergers Disease is displaying challenging behaviors is to complete an A-B-C analysis. 

This includes an analysis of the Antecedent, Behavior, and the Consequence. 

The antecedent is what happens before the behavior. 

The behavior is their response to the antecedent. 

The consequence, and this is the tricky one, is whatever immediately follows the behavior.   

Often the child with Aspergers Disease will have limited ability to verbalize their needs; you can help them with this once you have identified the cause of the behavior.

Remember it will be something that happens either before or after the behavior occurs.  

Once you have established the reason for the behavior, the child with Aspergers Disease will need a consistent behavior program or method of intervention. 

Children with Aspergers Disease crave consistency and routine and need to know what is coming, or you will simply create more challenging behaviors. 

For children with Aspergers Disease, the behavioral intervention should include consideration of environmental changes that may need to be made. 

This may include removing items that may be over-stimulating or providing things that they appear to need.   

For the child with Aspergers Disease, the behavioral intervention should also plan to provide the individual with a replacement behavior. 

Remember, if you eliminate the behavior without meeting the need, they will find their own replacement behavior! 

Children with Aspergers Disease want to fit in and want to behave normally. 

If you help them to manage their behavior they will develop more confidence in handling situations more appropriately in the future.

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