Time-out usually works for most specific behaviors that are unacceptable in children with autism. Many parents, teachers, caregivers agree, that putting a child with autism in a time-out zone, is usually effective to curb their intolerable behavior.
How long should one keep their child in a time-out zone? Experts and parents have found that the average time for the child with autism, depending on the severity of the behavior that was initiated, it is wise not to keep the child in a time-out zone for more than about five to ten minutes.
When one decides it is necessary to reduce the unacceptable behavior, it is imperative that the time-out zone, is clear and empty of toys, television, games, people and anything the child likes, which includes, parents, teachers, family members and caregivers, who are advised to ignore the child that is placed in the time-out zone.
If the child continues to resume the behavior that was to be halted, another time-out might be necessary, so the individual will understand that he/she, will not continue with the behavior that is intolerable.
If the young person starts to cry, kick, act-out in any other way, it might be wise to extend the time-out to a longer period of time. That also depends on the level of the child who has autism.
One thing to keep in mind and be aware of, is the time-out behavior management does not always work or is successful for every child with autism. There are many autistic children who enjoy being alone in a room, with no toys, television, digital video discs or videos, games and books. For those individuals, to correct or halt their behavior and have them enter a time-out zone, will probably not reduce the unacceptable behavior.
It is important to know and try to understand the needs of the child with autism and how they react to time-out. Parents may want to take into consideration and try other behavior management, if the time-out is not being successful.
It is imperative for all who are in charge of the child at different times of the day, that they are familiar with the various behaviors the child with autism might have. For example, temper tantrums, anger outbursts, kicking, biting, throwing objects, running out of the room into the street, and not following instructions.
Parents may want to take into consideration, if the time-out zone is usually the same area, and the child is not responding to the time-out, for the behavior that is to be reduced or stopped, it might be wise to change the time-out zone to a different area, that is also safe.
Every child is completely different and unique. What might work for one child with autism for behavior management, might not work for the other. It takes patience and consistency to be in aware of what works best for behavior management with an individual with autism. Never give up.
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