Understanding and Intervening With the Challenging Behavior of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Young children with autism and behavioral challenges are at great risk for lives that are characterized by social isolation and segregated placements. These restrictive placements often occur when the child’s challenging behavior interferes with successful adaptation in educational, therapeutic, and community environments. In this article, positive behavior support is described ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2003
Understanding and Intervening With the Challenging Behavior of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Pamelazita W. Buschbacher
    University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Lise Fox
    University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: buschbac@fmhi.usf.edu
Article Information
Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Clinical Forum: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2003
Understanding and Intervening With the Challenging Behavior of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2003, Vol. 34, 217-227. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/018)
History: Received May 3, 2002 , Accepted March 24, 2003
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2003, Vol. 34, 217-227. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/018)
History: Received May 3, 2002; Accepted March 24, 2003
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Young children with autism and behavioral challenges are at great risk for lives that are characterized by social isolation and segregated placements. These restrictive placements often occur when the child’s challenging behavior interferes with successful adaptation in educational, therapeutic, and community environments. In this article, positive behavior support is described as a process that may be used to understand and intervene effectively with the challenging behavior of young children with autism. The article describes the history, empirical support, and implementation steps of positive behavior support. A case study is provided to illustrate successful application of the process.

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