My 5 year old son was recently diagonsed with mild Autism. His opportunities are social interaction & some sensory. He's always so in his own head or acting out his favorite cartoon that he doesn't listen to us a lot of the time. Getting him to stop & focus can be hard. He's currently receiving Speech & O.T services weekly. At school is his very well behaved & the teachers have no issues with him. But, at home it's another story. He has trouble handling his emotions & will have tantrums… read more
I have found that my sons favorite toys make great tools in this area. The first time or two were the hardest but grounding him from his iPod has been the most effective. However, I started with only an hour at a time more than that is too much for him to handle. He has ASD and ADHD, he would scream and throw those fits too but we worked on it. The biggest thing was to never get upset or loud, but to be calm and firm. Unlike other kids you do need to explain to him why things are not allowed. When I was a kid there was no asking why, you just did what you were told because you were told to do it. Aspies need to know why, and usually once they do they are totally good to do/not do what ever it is. Hope this helps.
I have taken several trainings at my son's schools on behaviors. They said all behaviors are the result of one of the following four situations: Escape, tangible, attention, or sensory. Escape could be to avoid having to do something. Tangible is to get something. Attention is just to get your attention, positive or negative. Sensory could be sensory overload or sensory-seeking.
The first step in modifying behaviors is to track them and determine what motivated the behavior. You need to write down what happened before the behavior, what the behavior entailed, and what happens after the behavior. Once this is determined you can then try to modify situations that trigger the behavior or work out rewards for different behaviors. I would try tracking for a few weeks or up to a month. This will give you a much more clear picture on which to base decisions and strategies.
For behavioral issues I would always explore intensive behavioral intervention which for those with autism is called - Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA. It is the a scientifically proven way to lessen the symptoms of autism. Check through your local Developmental Department or Division and ask about an intensive program. It is costly but they should pay for it.
Each kid is different I will tell u what worked for my son who is 3 I block anything he wants make him look in my eye and tell him what I need in a firm voice if it’s cleaning I help him clean but have him do most of it he fights us still but he listens a little bit more but he always needs the physical prop we can’t not just tell him he needs us to physically showing and or stop him
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