Understanding Your Child’s Communication

So many times we are worried about the behavior displayed by children living with Autism, always have it in mind that there will not be an action without a cause.

When thinking about a particular behavioral difficulty, it is important to ask the question,’What is the person trying to tell me by their behavior?’ and to think about the function that the behavior has for the person as an individual. Identifying this aspect of a particular behavior involves looking at what the person gains or avoids from engaging in that behavior. For an individual with ASD, it is important to think about the triad of impairments and how they may be contributing to the behavior. Bear the following questions in mind when thinking about the function of a particular behavior.

Sometimes a particular behaviour can have more than one function. Trying to communicate a want or need can come out as an attempt to gain attention of some sort or to bring about a particular outcome as a result of others’ reactions and the individual’s subsequent learning.

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