Autism Spectrum Disorders Series

NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Series

Trying to Figure Out the Function for Problem Behaviors? Ask the Child!

Welcome to NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Series: Trying to Figure Out the Function for Problem Behaviors? Ask the Child! .  This is NASET 's e-publication on the latest information on autism spectrum disorders.

When addressing problem behaviors in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the first step is to determine the function the behavior serves.  The main reason why we need to determine the function for problem behavior is so that we can teach the child replacement skills that are more appropriate that can serve the same function.  There are many tools teachers and behavior specialists use when doing a functional behavior assessment to determine the function of a problem behavior.  Yet, one of the most effective things we can do first when trying to determine the function of a challenging behavior, however, is to ask the child why he/she is engaging in the problem behavior.  You would be amazed at what you can learn about a student’s problem behavior if you just ask.  This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series, written by Deb Leach, Ed. D., BCBA (and reprinted with permission from Doug Goldberg at The Special Education Advisor at www.specialeducationadvisor.com/trying-to-figure-out-the-function-for-problem-behaviors-ask-the-child/, will explore the impact and effectiveness of asking children directly about their problem behaviors and why they do what they do.


Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders


Types of Autism Spectrum Disorders


Eligibility Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders


Creating Education Programs for Students with ASD


IEP Development and Goals for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Assistive Technology for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Children with Aspergers Syndrome


Effective Programming for Younger Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Ages 3-5)


Structured Teaching: Strategies for Supporting Students with ASD


Increasing Expressive Communication Skills for Verbal Children with Autism


Developing Expressive Communication Skills for Non-Verbal Children With Autism


Curriculum Accommodations for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Strategies for Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Behavior and Discipline Issues for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Facilitating Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Transition Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Collaborating with Parents of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Articles on Autism Spectrum Disorders


Current Issues in Teaching Bilingual Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Teenagers with Autism: The Driving Dilemma


Apps That Teach Social Skills to Children


Using Ecological Assessment to Set Meaningful Goals for ABA Interventions


Three Separate Book Reviews Pertaining to the Field of Autism


Examples of Social Stories


The Good, Bad and Ugly: Advocating for Children with Autism in School


The Right to Language Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum


Trying to Figure Out the Function for Problem Behaviors? Ask the Child!

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