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Successful Non-Aversive Autism Treatment Strategies


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Throughout the history of autism, there had been a great debate as to which is the more effective treatment: aversive or non-aversive methods. Research has overwhelmingly pointed to non-aversive treatment methods as measuring more successful.

Here, Ihab Shahawi, CEO and founder of the SAILS Group, spotlights three successful strategies that families, caregivers, and support systems can implement into daily routines.

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Successful Non-Aversive Autism Treatment Strategies

  1. 1. Successful Non-Aversive Autism Treatment Strategies Ihab Shahawi CEO & founder of The SAILS Group
  2. 2. One of the more prevalent debates in the history of autism has been whether to use aversive or non- aversive treatment methods.
  3. 3. A non-aversive positive reward based approach Which method has more effective and longer lasting results? Researchers have overwhelmingly proven that it's a more effective way to behavioral change.
  4. 4. Popular non-aversive approaches emphasize: Positive behavior strategies Extinction contingencies as a consequence to a behavior* Alteration of the intensity, duration, or magnitude of a behavior contingent upon the removal or presentation of an antecedent stimulus* *Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  5. 5. Some of the top non-aversive techniques in autism treatment include the following:
  6. 6. Changing an autistic individual’s environment to reduce behavioral episodes can be an effective method for reducing stress. Adapting the Enviornment
  7. 7. such as persons, locations, or situations that are observed to create tension, anxiety, and frustration can have a soothing effect. Removing stimuli
  8. 8. By developing individualized positive behavior support plans, a caregiver builds pride in accomplishments and instills a sense of responsibility in those on the spectrum. Positive Behavior Supports
  9. 9. This can help reduce the anxiety that often leads to aggressive behaviors. Some helpful strategies for yielding these type of behavioral supports include: - positive feedback - validation of emotions- listening & respecting
  10. 10. The goal here is to replace potentially inappropriate behaviors with more adaptive skills, focused on communication, social skills, and self-regulation. Teach Replacement Skills
  11. 11. These skills can be established in several ways, such as: Developing functional communication skills Using social stories to build social awareness and skills. Creating an activity schedule to reduce anxiety and promote independence.
  12. 12. Visit my blog here! WANT TO LEARN MORE? WANT TO LEARN MORE? @IhabShahawi