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Behavior Therapy And Dealing With Autistic Individuals’ Temper Tantrums

Most children will have their tantrum bouts, and a temper tantrum is a quite straightforward thing. If the child does not get what he or she wants, then he or she throws a “fit”. According to behavioral experts, tantrums have different qualities, which distinguish them from the usual meltdowns. A child who’s having a tantrum will generally look to see if his or her behavior is getting a reaction from his peers or parents, and a child who throws a tantrum will attempt to make full use of the situation for his or her benefit.

Sometimes, a tantrum will give the child the feeling that he or she is in control, although the kid will want you to think that he is not. Tantrums are generally made, or thrown, to achieve a specific goal, and once the child achieves his or her goals, then things go back to normal again. What’s the best way of dealing with tantrums in autistic individuals?

An Autistic Individual’s Temper Tantrum Is Not Simple To Handle
While a temper tantrum in a normal child may be quite easy to handle or ignore, an autistic child’s tantrums are quite pesky. And since autistic children tend to exhibit bizarre, stereotypical and repetitive behaviors, the tantrums can be very distracting, and parents must express a firm command to stop, as well as redirect the child to another activity that will allow him or her to stop this behavior. The qualities of a temper tantrum vary with each child, and when each child decides that this is the best way for him or her to handle a given situation, then each child’s style will effectively dictate how the tantrum would appear.

How A Behavior Modification Program Helps Autistic Kids And Their Temper Tantrums
Many parents of autistic children face a constant challenge in controlling or adjusting to the extreme behavior of their children. Among the examples of extreme behavior in autistic children include doing self-injurious behavior, aggression and agitation, as well as temper tantrums. Why does the autistic child behave like this? Well, autism experts think that an autistic child is training his or her parent to give them what they want, and if they don’t get what they want, then the child throws a tantrum fit. Parents need to teach their autistic child a more appropriate way for conveying or expressing what they want, rather than simply give in to the tantrums.

Implementing a constant behavior modification program for the child will help to control the level of tantrums, as well as improve the autistic child’s social interaction and communication skills. A behavior modification program will also help parents to cope with their child’s behavior, as well as allow them to teach their child socially-appropriate behavior patterns. Autism experts agree that a viable behavior modification program must include 4 components, namely: structured daily routine, behavior control, communication, and applied behavioral analysis. A structured daily routine is vital, because autistic kids need to know what to expect from the program. And since these types kids do not deal well with change or inconsistency, parents must ensure that they stick to a daily routine as much as possible.

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April 21st, 2010

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Johnny Ellis

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