Should Autistic Children be Responsible For Their Behavior?

All children need to learn to take responsibility for their behavior. But, what about autistic children who have a behavior problem of temper tantrums, anger outbursts and other areas of behavior unbalances, caused by this disorder? Should we make excuses for them, due to their disorder and ignore the outcome of what the end result will be, or do we step in and educate this process into a positive way of life, that will help the child and parents? Yes, children with autism must be taught that they are responsible for their behavior, and they too, as other children without the disorder will be corrected and guided into a better way of displaying these emotions that can be controlled and managed.

It is crucial, when parents are aware of their child with autism who have an outburst of anger, or temper tantrums, to redirect them into an area where this will not be accepted. This takes patience and being in tune with the particular behavior of the child and what triggers it to be set in motion and what their age is. There is the possibility, the child is over stimulated, tired, too many new things to handle and the data is too much to process, too many loud noises, unusual sounds, and bright lights, new faces of people and sometimes the food the child eats at that time. These examples can cause overload on the child and they express it in their way of communication that influences behaviors, that are unacceptable in our surroundings.

To teach the individual with autism to be responsible for their behavior, starts at an early age, when it is noticed and it starts to create problems. Parents or caregivers, need to be aware of the sensory overloads that the child is experiencing and try to eliminate the causes if possible to avoid the behavior.

Once autistic children realize they are being corrected and redirected, because of their behavior being out-of-line with their surroundings, they are responsible for not doing it again. This takes constant patience and discipline on the parents or caregivers, to follow through with this plan and be consistent.

Communication with any individual is imperative, but for autistic children it too, is essential to communicate in the best appropriate way, without being intimidated. Behaviors in autistic children can vary, but, also can be extremely offensive, if it is not being addressed and corrected.

As young autistic children grow in our society, they must learn how to act appropriately, to be accepted in our environment. Of course, that does not indicate, they will be perfect, but it is essential to be aware of the fact, that their behavior which at times is off-balance, can be dealt with. This will enable them to be the best according to their abilities, to fit in our society and gravitate towards new challenges and opportunities.

This is a process, but autistic children are responsible for their behaviors and they should be aware of the consequences that the parents or caregivers have communicated to them and have taught them, if they become out-of-line or are, unjustifiable,

Remember, it takes patience, time, discipline, consistency, unconditional love, to guide and understand that autistic children are responsible for their behaviors. In the end result, there will be positive growth, and it will assist them to become stronger individuals in our society.

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This article was published on 31 Dec 2009 and has been viewed 375 times
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