The #1 Mistake I See Autism Professionals and Parents Making

In today’s video blog I want to discuss the number one mistake I see both autism professionals and autism parents making when working with their clients or child with autism.

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Regardless of the age or ability of the child with autism, there is simply not enough assessment being done.

Teachers may be assessing academic levels, reading ability or even the ability to recognize letters. Speech and language pathologists may be looking at language age levels while Behavior Analysts may be looking at problem behaviors.

And parents often times are just trying to get through the day listening to all the different professionals giving them advice – often times contradictory advice. The teacher may be telling parents to focus on naming letters, while the speech pathologist may be telling the parent to focus on the letter sounds. The parents may not even know where to start in terms of teaching anything to their child – especially when their child resists giving up the iPad or refuses to do any kind of homework.

Most of the time I get a question that starts with something like “I have a child or client who” and you can fill in the blank with your child or client scenario. But whoever is asking the question usually describes the age of the child and some of the type of problem behaviors they’re seeing like – “I have a three-year-old is out of control. He tantrums constantly at home and I can’t even take him to the grocery store” or “I have a new student in my second-grade autism classroom and all he wants to do is line things up. When it’s time for work, he’s really uncooperative.”

So no matter what the scenario, the question usually ends with “so what should I do?” And as a Behavior Analyst, I think the key is to assess the whole child in all areas but especially in the area of language because the child’s inability to use language well will almost always lead to problem behaviors.

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