Whether you’re the parent, grandparent, sibling, teacher, therapist, or second-cousin-twice-removed of a child on the autism spectrum, one thing’s for certain: you understand the relationship between autism and behavioral problems.
Now, that’s not to say ALL children with autism experience aggression and explosive tantrums on a daily basis, but communication challenges, sensory processing sensitivities, and an inability to properly express and understand emotions coupled with poor impulse control and self-regulatory strategies can evoke feelings of frustration and anger in even the calmest of individuals.
Are you with me here?!
And while well-intentioned friends and family members are full of opinions on how to discipline a child with autism, time-outs and consequences aren’t always helpful, nor do they offer a quick and effective solution to parents who are struggling to keep their head above water.