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Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies For Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Behaviors vary across Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and across individuals. However, the factors that contribute to challenging behaviors are a function of the characteristics of ASD. The severity of the person's ASD does not determine the severity of behavior problems. Someone who has a milder form of ASD may present with severely limiting behaviors.

Behavior problems in individuals who have ASD are a symptom of the limitations that resulted in a diagnosis of ASD. The underlying sensory, communication and/or social limitations strongly contribute to the confusion or overwhelming experiences that trigger unacceptable or ineffective behaviors.
 

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Resources to explore for further information about sensory issues:

> Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration by Ellen Yack, et al; www.SensoryResources.com
> Getting Kids in Sync by Carol Kranowitz; www.SensoryResources.com
> The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Kranowitz; www.SensoryResources.com
> Learining in Motion by Patricia Angermeier, et al; www.SensoryResources.com
> Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues by Brenda Smith Myles et al; Future Horizons
> An OT and SLP Team Approach: Sensory and Communication Strategies That Work by Nancy Kashman and    Janet Mora; Future Horizons
> Treasure Chest of Behavior Strategies for Individuals with Autism by Beth Fouse and Maria Wheeler; Future    Horizons
> Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight by Sharon Heller

To be diagnosed with some form of ASD (Autism, PDD or Asperger's Syndrome) the person must exhibit evidence of significant communication, sensory, cognitive and social limitations. Sensory limitations are usually manifested through rigid, restrictive and/or repetitive cognitive, social and/or behavior patterns that may be imposed on other people.

Each of these aspects of behavior influences the other areas. The person's sensory functioning effects cognitive, communication and social functioning. The person's level of social adeptness influences communication, cognitive and sensory factors.

Communication impacts social functioning, cognition and sensory issues. All areas are affected by physical factors. To be the most effective, intervention plans need to address all of these areas while meeting the needs being expressed by the person's behavior.


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