Self discipline is a skill that most autistic youth have a little trouble acquiring.
This may also include inappropiate outbursts, and other habits that can be potentially dangerous.
1) Being aggressive towards others or causing harm or danger to themselves.
2)Or, banging their heads off the walls.
To prevent this and other behaviors,
one method that parents and teachers can use to control autistic tendencies is self management.
Giving the child power over him/herself is often the key to keeping control over violent situations
and may be a positive step towards learning other behaviors as well.
Self management works well because the child is no longer controlled by others.
When teaching self management, during certain times of the day, such as while the child is at school
or attending therapy sessions, he/she is more likely to continue practicing self control,
all times of the day.
The key is to implement a plan in which the child monitors their own behavior and activities.
Every ten or fifteen minutes, or so, remind the child that he or she is in control
and needs to stay aware of good or bad behavior.
This monitoring is a form of self evaluation.
when a child is in control, he/she may think more about behavior in the past and present.
Set specific goals with the child for an example:
a)An afternoon with no aggression towards others, or
b) a day at school with no self injury.
Every fifteen minutes, ask the child, how are you doing?
Is the child completing the goals?
If not, maybe the child is not ready for self management, or the goals can not be completed at the moment.
Start with easy to reach goals, then move on to more difficult goals in due time.
Once a child is successful with self monitoring, he/she will have a more positive attitude towards the experience.
Create A Rewards System:
Have the child decide on a reward, depending on interest.
Reinforcment helps to keep the goals clear in the child’s mind,
and by letting the child chose his/her own reward,
the child will feel completely in control of the self management system.
Simple rewards, such as smiley faces for each goal met, or sad faces for goals not met,
and work up to bigger goals and rewards such as a new toy or some special activity or event.
These types of programs do not happen overnight,
so allow time for you and your child to devote to a self management experience.
By reinforcing good behavior with rewards, as determined by the child, instead of the adult,
he or she will be more likely to carry this on even when not participating in the program.