Autism diagnoses are never easy. It can be overwhelming and tiresome to learn about how to best support your child’s needs. Debatably, one of the most difficult aspects of having a child with autism is learning how to distinguish which behaviors are autism-related and which behaviors are simply related to being a kid.
Children alike enjoy playing games, expressing creativity, and so on. Likewise, children are capable of throwing tantrums, whining when they do not get what they want, and possibly engaging in dangerous behavior.
So how do you know whether or not to worry about certain behaviors? How do you know if your child’s behavior is because of their autism diagnosis or simply a factor of them being a kid?
A few ways to determine this is by answering the following questions:
-How severe is the behavior?
-How frequently does the behavior occur?
-How long does the behavior occur?
-How does the behavior of your child compare to their peers?
-Is the behavior preventing your child from learning?
-Is the behavior preventing your child from interacting with others?
Addressing these questions can help you determine whether or not your child’s behavior is due to them simply being a kid or an aspect of their autism diagnosis. If you believe that your child’s behavior is more severe and occurs more frequently than your child’s peers, you may need to address your concerns with your child’s BCBAs in order to target that particular behavior. It is important to remember that children with autism are still just kids! If you have any additional questions about your child’s behavior, please reach out to our health care professionals at The SEED Center.