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What are Self Injurious Behaviors?

Some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may engage in self-injurious behavior (SIB). Depending on the type of self-injurious behavior the child displays, the occurrences can be violent and put a child at greater risk of suffering from serious medical injuries. SIB can be overwhelming for parents/caregivers and alarming to strangers who may not understand what's going on. In the next section, we will discuss what SIB is, what triggers it and interventions.

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What are Maladaptive Behaviors?

The definition of maladaptive behaviors are actions that prevent an individual from adapting, adjusting, or participating in different aspects of life. A child with autism spectrum disorder sometimes engages in maladaptive behaviors to avoid or escape an aversive situation. This is typically a result of deficits in communication and coping skills.

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Managing Transitions Between Activities

As adults, we express our needs, wants and feelings daily using functional communication skills. Children with autism may have difficulties communicating and may express themselves by displaying maladaptive behavior. One way to solve this problem and reduce frustration in your client is through Functional Communication Training (FCT).

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