Managing Problem Emotions and Behaviors in Children With ASD: An Assessment-Driven Three-Step Approach 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 ... Article
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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