Behavioural training teaches people of all ages who have
autism how to communicate appropriately. This type of
training can reduce behaviour problems and improve adaptation skills.
Both behavioural training and behavioural management use positive
reinforcement to improve behaviour. They also use social skills training to
improve communication. The specific program should be chosen according to the
child's needs. High-functioning autistic children may be enrolled in mainstream
classrooms and child care facilities—watching the behaviour of other normally
developing children can provide examples for autistic children to follow. But
other children are overstimulated in a regular classroom and work best in
smaller, highly structured environments.
Consistent use of these
behavioural interventions produces the best results. The child's functional
abilities, behaviour, and daily environment should be thoroughly assessed before
behavioural training and management begins.footnote 1 Parents,
other family members, teachers, and caregivers of the autistic child should all
be trained in these techniques.
Many treatment approaches have
been developed, including:
If you are interested in ABA or TEACCH, be sure to check to see if it is covered by your provincial health plan or private health insurance plan.
Myers SM, et al. (2007, reaffirmed 2010). American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report: Management of children with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 120(5): 1162–1182.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent PsychiatryLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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