Autism Teaching Strategies For Attention Seeking Behavior | Episode 3

Autism Teaching Strategies For Attention Seeking Behavior | Episode 3

Heya! I’m Courtney Peters, Welcome to
Into the Spectrum Episode 3, take it away! Disclaimer: Everything that is discussed
on this show are generalizations and the suggestions should not be in any way
construed as child specific advice Everyone is encouraged to seek out a
BCBA or an appropriate clinician for consultation before starting any
behavioral intervention. Any choices you make concerning your child’s treatment
are completely at your own discretion. All right, now that we’re done with that
let’s dive into the attention function. If you missed the last two episodes we
discussed more about the Four A’s so make sure to check them out! They’ll make this
episode easier to understand. So, we are going to talk about what you should do when your child is doing something they’re not supposed to do in order to get your attention. We’ve all seen examples of this, am I right? Your child is throwing pieces of puzzle
onto the floor looking at you laughing or running away looking back and thinking
it’s so funny or hitting their sibling waiting for you to react or even hitting
you and doing the same thing. I have experienced all of these examples and
I’m sure you have too. So, I’m gonna give you a brief rundown of the four things you should do, when the attention getting behavior happens. Then, I’ll show you some video examples of the right and the wrong way to use them. First, give the least amount of attention as
possible to what they’re doing wrong. Second, try not to let your emotions
get the best of you. Stay calm and don’t react. Third, redirect your attention to
something else. Forth, teach an appropriate way for your child to get your attention. Now I’ll show you the two examples. First, here’s the wrong way to react. Mom: What did you do? Did you throw this at me? Child: Oops, Sorry Narrator: Notice, How he looked at me before and after throwing the Lego Mom: Come on! Play Nicely! Don’t throw your guy! That can really hurt me! Child: Oh, Sorry Mom: Ouch! Stop doing that! That can really hurt! Narrator: I’m getting mad! I stayed focused on him and the throwing behavior. Mom: If you keep doing this we are going to have to put your legos away! You can’t throw legos. Child: Noooo! Narrator: I did not teach him a good way to get my attention Now, here’s the correct way to do it,
check it out! (Child singing playfully out of tune) Narrator: See how I’m not giving any attention to the throwing. Child: Hey! Narrator: I am not showing any emotion. Mom: I’m going to go get some water. Narrator: I went to go get a drink of water to focus my attention on something else. Mom: Hey what are you making over here? Child: Just working on the truck! Mom: Yeah! Looks like you’re almost done! It looks really good! Child: Thanks! Mom: I’m going to go read my magazine now, ok? Child: Yeah I guess so. Mom: Ok, if you want me to play with you
though, what can you ask me? Child: I don’t know. Mom: Well you can ask me, “Mom, come play with me!” So lets practice… Say it Child: Mom come play with me. Mom: Yeah! Definitely, and I’ll come play ok? if you ask me. Child: OK. Mom: Alright Narrator: Notice how I taught him to get my
attention the right way. Just a quick side note, this could cause something
called an extinction burst. What this means is at first the behavior could get
worse because you’re not giving your children their attention that they’re used
to. They may try harder to get your attention the first few times of doing
this. For example, they might start throwing things at you, start yelling,
possibly start kicking things but like in the last episode if you stick with it
and stay strong the behavior will get better! Well, that’s a little bit about the attention function I hope it helped! In the next episode we will attack the
avoidance function! Thank you so much for watching! We are just starting out, So it really makes a difference if we have people like you Liking and subscribing to our channel! So don’t forget to like and subscribe! See ya!

18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Seing your videos means so much to us. We're dealing with a new behavior of our son with autism (non-verbal): he's having more and more huge meltdowns and now he's having them almost non-stop for days. We already went to a doctor to exclude that he's dealing with some kind of pain. He seems to be physically alright though. "So now what? How can we help our son (who doesn't communicate in a way that we understand)". This is our big question at this moment and seeing our son struggling like this hurts so much. Your videos gives us hope and some kind of guidance that we totally miss here in The Netherlands/ Holland. We're definately going to try another approach to the meltdown. Great to have found your video's! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Then what if the child throw something heavy like stables on the teacher ?! Does she have to swallow the pain and not even say ouch?! And not even say something!? The person is supposed to put herself in danger just for a behavior to stop?!?

  3. I was recently explaining this strategy to a parent in reference to the maladaptive behavior: biting (that we are working to decrease). I explained that she can block her child from biting with her hand or adjust her body with out giving him attention for the behavior. Then, as you said, to offer an appropriate alternative – ie. if it appears to be attention seeking: then manding for "mom look" or "mom come"; alternatively if the behavior appears to be more sensory: offering an appropriate alternative (teether, food, etc). Do you have any specific thoughts on redirecting biting and aggression (things that are tricky to allow to continue while ignoring).

  4. i met a young man 35 age..that is mildy autistic..and he almost demands to be the center of the universe..using his autism..and getting attention from it..he has almost 3 thousand followers now on his fb..and still wants more attention

  5. your videos are really helpful for parents like me who know now how to deal with kids. Love your videos.

  6. Hi thanks for ur educative video .I will apply same next time.can I make the video what a syllbous should be for teaching 14yrs old girl with mild autism.she knows about k.G level…I will be grtful.

  7. Very systematic approach to the topic. I really need to learn the way you use your facial expressions, voice modulation and hand movements.

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