Archive for February, 2015

Understanding Functions of Behavior

“Why does my child do that?” For parents of a child with autism, this frequent question can have important implications. Behavior is never just about the behavior. Although it’s tempting to focus on how your child’s behavior manifests, it’s critical to look deeper and understand the reasons why the behavior exists. Understanding those reasons is the first step in understanding how to change that behavior and produce the results you seek. Fortunately, there is a framework for identifying the purpose behind your child’s behavior so we can develop the right approach.   What Are “Functions of Behavior”? Functions of behavior…

Navigating IEPs: Setting Expectations for the Public School Setting

 [Disclaimer: The following content is intended to provide helpful insights only. Positive Behavioral Connections does not present itself as an advocate for you or your child during the IEP development process.] If you have a child with autism, at some point you will likely need to create an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. The IEP is a legally-binding contract between you and your child’s school that identifies the specific special education services the school will provide for your child. However, sometimes there can be a gap between the services you seek and the services the school wants or is able…

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