Why Do So Many Autistic Students Constantly Test Boundaries

  An Educational Aside I have been thinking a lot lately a lot about why students break the rules and push boundaries and what we, as teachers and parents, can do about it. What I have come to a rather simple conclusion that I think is borne out in the literature. I believe there are … More Why Do So Many Autistic Students Constantly Test Boundaries

On Restraint…and How it is Used Incorrectly

A Theoretical Aside   TW/CW for the below sections: Abuse, Restraint, Injury, Language   Well, we are back to this again. Some local school districts have approved more invasive manual restraint and forced physical guidance techniques for use on K-12 students. Since this will disproportionally apply to students in special education, and more particularly to … More On Restraint…and How it is Used Incorrectly

Most of What We Call Autism-Behaviors Really Are Not Unique to Autism

An Educational Aside In my working with teachers and school psychologists, I have noticed there is a trend toward attributing a wide array of maladaptive and challenging behaviors to autism.  Poor social skills are called “autistic traits.” Whenever there is a profound sensory need autism is assumed, even though sensory processing issues are present in … More Most of What We Call Autism-Behaviors Really Are Not Unique to Autism

We Can Prevent Behavior/Emotional Disorders by Teaching Communication Skills

Ooh Ooh Ooh, They Finally Did It! I am going to discuss some ideas I had after reading a useful meta-analysis about how to intervene with students referred for intervention or special education for Behavior and/or Emotional Disorders (B/ED). The article is Practices Reflecting Functional Communication Training for Students With or At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral … More We Can Prevent Behavior/Emotional Disorders by Teaching Communication Skills