We all love children; their innocence is always capable to make us smile, but sometimes there are certain situations that we just do not know how to deal with. These situations usually occur when infants show some peculiar behavior, such as disruptive behavior. It’s important to know that even when this type of behavior can be seen in any child, it is much more common to see it on children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder). The question is: how to deal with this type of behavior?
Tips for dealing with disruptive behavior
We know that as parents with children who have ASD, it is not so easy to identify the right way to act when a child shows disruptive behavior, that is why we have prepared some tips for you.
Control your voice
Many parents raise their voice when addressing to their kids if they are showing behaviors that they consider inappropriate. However, if it is a child with autism, this can be counterproductive, you’ll see, if a child with ASD is showing disruptive behavior, scolding the kid using a challenging tone can cause the kid to end up even more upset than he was before, which would cause the disruptive behavior to be prolonged. What you need to do is to talk softly, when you use a calm tone of voice, the child will not feel challenged, but on the contrary, feels understood.
Be calm, be patient
When children with ASD show disruptive behavior, we must be patient and remain calm. Keep in mind that the situation may get worse if we show severe response; after all, the real enemy is not the child, but the behavior, this is why we should never confront them in an abrupt way; instead, we have to focus in neutralize the negative behavior. When we show ourselves calm and able to listen, they will not have a reason to confront us, that will make him or her more likely to slowly calm down as he talks to us.
Consider visiting a specialist
Having a previous diagnosis makes everything a little easier; that is why visiting a medical specialist is a highly recommended option. Depending on the specific disruptive behavior that the child shows, as well as the characteristics of this, the specialist can suggest different strategies to deal with the negative behavior.
The strategies can be multiple, psychotherapeutic in individual psychology, guidance to parents, occupational therapy, among several other strategies, everything depends on the child behavior; Reality is that there are many ways to deal with disruptive behavior.
Finally, a piece of advice that may be obvious, but is also necessary: pay attention to the kid. When we are adults, our own problems can be quite suffocating, to the point where we do not pay enough attention to our children’s emotional state. The reality is that despite their young age, children can feel sad, upset, frustrated or even depressed, and all these feelings can lead to disruptive behavior. If we pay enough attention to them, it will be easier to identify the reasons why he or she shows certain disruptive behaviors, therefore, it will also become easier to find effective methods to face the problem.
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