Lessons Learned: Tips from the Field for Understanding and Discussing Challenging Behaviors

Challenging behaviors represent one of the most difficult and frustrating attributes of autism.

BY Rachel Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D | April 2020 | Category: Autism Awareness

Lessons Learned: Tips from the Field for Understanding and Discussing Challenging Behaviors

While not every individual with autism displays challenging behaviors, those who do often struggle to gain access to opportunities and independence in their communities of choice1. In the face of challenging behaviors, many parents, caregivers, and practitioners feel powerless in how to best respond.

This article details my shift toward a better understanding of challenging behaviors and my ever-evolving perception of behavior. I hope my experiences will serve as a resource and guide for how to conceptualize challenging behaviors and promote productive behavior programming. 

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