Home Tutorial for Child with Autism

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Home Tutorial for Child with Autism

MANILA, Philippines --- QUESTION: I have a daughter with autism. I would like to ask if it's ok to get a special education tutor to teach her at home instead of in school? She often exhibits violent tantrums. Once I tried bringing her to school, with the usual desensitization beforehand, she still had a tantrum. I want to try if home tutoring would work. How would you recommend I go about this? Thank you. - Mommy Z

Children with autism find it difficult to interact and control their own behavior. They sometimes respond with violent behavior that may be due to any or all of the following:

* Being placed in a stressful situation

* Exhaustion

* Extreme frustration or anger

*Inadequate speech development

* Lack of adult supervision

* Lack of routine

*Mirroring the aggressive behaviors of other kids around them

* Over-stimulation

* Self-defense

Before deciding on having your child for tutorial services, find out the reasons of your child's challenging behavior because it is more fitting that she goes to school to develop her cognitive skills as well as modify her behavior. Follow this four-stage approach to tackle the child's problem behavior.

Identification of the problem behavior. Write down the type of aggression your child demonstrates along with the time and setting of when the behavior occurs.

Understanding why a person with autism is behaving a certain way. What is the function of the behavior shown by your child? Is she telling you she doesn't like going to school? Is she telling that something is wrong in the school where she is studying? Does she want to do something instead of going to school? Identifying the "communication" behind the behavior is the first step to teaching appropriate behaviors that can convey the person's needs and desires.

Management. The information gathered may guide you and your child's school in developing a plan to modify her challenging behavior (tantrums) which the special education teachers can design. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and behavior modification techniques are effective techniques in reducing aggressive behaviors which can be provided by the school therapist.

Prevention. Aggressive behaviors can be prevented by preparing a rewarding environment for the child. Prompting the child through visual timetables and structure schedules prepare the child on how to behave properly for every activity for the day. Use tools such as social stories to help the child learn more appropriate and acceptable behaviors.


Here are techniques researched for parents to understand the challenging behaviors of children with autism.

Reducing aggressive behavior - Aggression in children with autism often occurs in public places.

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