Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Methods for Managing Behavior Challenges In School

Most people are aware of the fact that children begin their educational process long before they step inside of their first schoolroom. This is because it is the home life of the student that is the first part of learning to socialize, solve problems, and find answers. Because of this, when a student manifests behavior challenges in school, it is often also something that their parents are asked to help to address as well.
Certainly it might be difficult to somehow deal with any behavior challenges in school strictly through at home work, but when a student also has a condition relating to ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) it is normally essential that their home life is taken into account as well. For example, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development notes that most students with some form of ASD will tend to be diagnosed very early in their lives so at home work is vital.
Because ASD is characterized by developmental disabilities, parents must accept and help to address the potential for behavior challenges in school by beginning a great deal of training well in advance of Kindergarten. This is not always something easy to handle, nor all that affordable, but there are now many high-quality programs designed for training parents in the best methods to use when beginning to teach their children with ASD.
It is interesting to note that changes in federal educational rules make it impossible for schools to shunt students with ASD into special education classrooms, and insist that they be educated in the same classrooms as students with the condition. To help teachers and classroom support staff to assist students with ASD, however, many school systems use specialized Autism training courses.
These courses are designed to teach the educators about Autism and about the methods with a proven history for success, including methods for managing behavior challenges in school. These same training courses are also made available for parents as well, though the best of them will tend to be re-designed or re-structured for the at home environment instead of the schoolroom.
The great thing about school or home Autism training systems is that they use the ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis principles known to be among the few accepted treatments for ASD. When parents and educators have these powerful tools for behavior modification available at an early part of a student's life, they can often prepare them to achieve greater educational and social success than ever before.
Garrett Butch is the father of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.
Maximum Potential has developed courses that train parents, therapists and school systems how to work with children with autism.
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