Article  |   March 2012
Managing Problem Emotions and Behaviors in Children With ASD: An Assessment-Driven Three-Step Approach
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carla A. Mazefsky
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Development / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions
Article   |   March 2012
Managing Problem Emotions and Behaviors in Children With ASD: An Assessment-Driven Three-Step Approach
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, March 2012, Vol. 19, 38-47. doi:10.1044/lle19.2.38
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, March 2012, Vol. 19, 38-47. doi:10.1044/lle19.2.38

Emotional and behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) interfere with daily functioning and their ability to learn new skills. Thus, promoting emotional and behavioral stability is often a necessary component of intervention with children with ASD. This article reviews an approach to managing emotional and behavioral problems in ASD that begins with a thorough assessment to identify the function of the behavior or source of distress. I review common contributors to problem emotions and behaviors in ASD, highlight the importance of matching the intervention to the results of the assessment, and describe a stepwise approach to intervention.

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