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Autism And Stimming

By |2022-09-19T09:30:06-04:00September 19, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Behavior Management, Early Childhood Development|

What Is Stimming? Stimming refers to self-stimulatory behaviors that involve repetitive movements and sounds. Although stimming is most commonly associated with autism, it can also be found in non-autistic individuals. For instance, tapping your feet when nervous is an example of stimming. However, when talking about stimming in the case of autism, what must be considered is the type and quantity of the behavior being expressed. At times, stims like hand-flapping or rocking can get out of hand. How To Identify Stimming? To identify whether your child is stimming, carefully notice the way they behave. Stimming is often said to occur [...]

Autism And Head Banging

By |2022-08-30T08:48:25-04:00August 30, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Behavior Management|

Head banging is a common symptom of autism and whilst some children are rid of this before going to school, others may continue to have the “head banging syndrome” for years. Studies have shown that almost 30% of autistic children inflict self-harm and exhibit such behaviors like head banging and skin picking for example. Not only is this harmful for your child but also worrisome for parents and those around the concerned individual. Can Head Banging Cause Brain Damage? For parents with an autistic child, head banging can be a huge concern, since it is feared that this may cause brain [...]

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Autism and Anxiety

By |2022-05-30T10:12:41-04:00May 30, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs, Behavior Management|

It is a known fact that not all people on the spectrum are affected by autism in the same way. Hence, it is very important to understand the relationship between autism and anxiety, so that we are better prepared to help those in need. What Are The Different Types Of Anxiety In Autism and How Do They Arise? There are 4 main types of anxiety commonly found in people on the spectrum. These are listed below: Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Fear of Open Spaces and Crowds (Agoraphobia) Fear of Social Situations (Social Anxiety) Separation Anxiety Other Specific [...]

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Aggression in children and what it could mean

By |2020-05-13T08:27:21-04:00May 13, 2020|Behavior Management, Recent|

What is Aggression? Aggression refers to a behavior that can cause harm or pain. Aggression in children is most likely seen as disobedience, fighting, breaking stuff, etc. Reasons for aggression: There can be multiple reasons for your child to display aggression. Below is a list of a few possible reasons: Sensory Overload: Sensory overload takes place when overstimulation happens in more than one sense. This happens mostly in the toddler years of a child. When the child is unable to understand and bear it which causes him to let it out in the form of aggression. Frustration: “Kids who have [...]

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Reinforcement Vs. Bribery

By |2022-02-04T11:20:14-05:00May 6, 2020|Behavior Management|

What does reinforcement mean? Reinforcement happens after a desired behaviour has occurred. “Reinforcement is the process of encouraging or establishing a belief or pattern of behavior, especially by encouragement or reward.” Types of reinforcement: Positive reinforcement First give the child a choice of two activities that you would want them to complete. (“Do you want to clean up your toys or take out the trash?”)  This will make the child feel empowered because they get to choose the activity. Then you need to find out what they want to earn for completing the task. (What would you like to work for?”) [...]

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The Functions of Behavior

By |2022-02-09T10:37:49-05:00May 3, 2020|Behavior Management|

What is behaviour? Behavior refers to actions or reactions performed by humans. Behavior can be voluntary,  involuntary, conscious or unconscious. Why does a behaviour occur? Behaviors happen for a specific reason. Sometimes the reasons are clear and can be understood easily, and other times they are unclear and difficult to understand. “What can be said with certainty is that your child is demonstrating a challenging behavior because it meets a specific need for him or her.” It is certainly essential to know why an inappropriate behavior might be happening so it can be replaced with an appropriate one. Functions of behavior: [...]

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