Disciplining A Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Disciplining a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is quite a challenge. Because children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have very distinct behaviors that separate them from other children, you are more likely to be faced with unique discipline issues. In addition, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder tend to have difficulty with certain kinds of communication, and it is important that, for discipline to be effective, that you are able to communicate effectively with the child.

It is important, when thinking about how to go about disciplining a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to recognize that certain behaviors, which would otherwise represent defiance in another child, are often just a part of the child with Autism Spectrum Disorder’s normal behavior. For example, a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder may need to listen to the television at a high volume. The child might not be able to wear certain kinds of clothes, especially clothes with fabrics that might be uncomfortable for the child. Recognizing which of these behaviors are defiance and recognizing which are not is an important part of the process of disciplining a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The child with Autism Spectrum Disorder needs discipline that is explained, on a level and in such a way that they can understand it. Make sure that you explain discipline to the child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Often, the child will respond better to discipline that is in the form of a story, rather than a straight forward “do this” and “don’t do that” type of approach. By retelling the story of what the child did wrong, and then retelling the story with how the child should have acted, you may be able to help the child understand what exactly is good behavior.

The child with Autism Spectrum Disorder needs to have consistent, simple, patient, repetitive, and purposeful discipline. It is up to parents of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be able to provide that discipline.


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