Archive for May, 2015

Acting Out To Avoid Something

A common cause of problem behavior in children with autism is the effort to avoid or escape something the child doesn’t like or doesn’t want to do – such as doing homework, cleaning up toys or brushing teeth. The official name for this type of behavior is “socially mediated negative reinforcement,” but in our practice we often call this “escape” behavior. Since so much of parenting involves teaching your children how to take care of themselves and be a helpful family member and citizen, escape behavior can be particularly frustrating for a parent. We’ve explored other functions of behavior in…

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