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By John Clements

Behavioural matters and Autistic Spectrum issues: motives and techniques for swap is a realistic and accomplished account of ways those that allure autism labels can come to act in ways in which supply upward push to severe issues in people and, occasionally, themselves. The authors determine the diversity of wishes that could be expressed via behaviours that reason crisis and supply thoughts for addressing either wishes and behaviours. those ideas are in keeping with broad examine and at the authors' personal medical adventure. every one element of desire is analysed intimately. basic ideas for facing those wishes are offered, and in each one case a 'tips and tricks' part deals extra particular assistance on attainable ideas. incorporated within the appendices are suggestion on settling on the standards at the back of a behaviour that reasons challenge and information on how one can make sure that help companies are supplying what they need to. it is a publication that might be crucial analyzing for all these operating or residing with autistic humans.

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Having identified and agreed that there is a problem to address we need then to look to a process of careful assessment which assembles objective information so that a story emerges about the behaviour – a story which identifies a whole range of factors which may be influencing its occurrence either directly or indirectly. About human behaviour People with autism labels are essentially just like others without such labels. Their behaviours adhere to the same ‘laws’ as do all of our behaviours. Therefore in considering the behavioural difficulties which people with autism may present, it is necessary to be mindful of certain important facts about human behaviour in general.

It may be indirect danger from behaviours such as running off when the person has no safety awareness, sitting down in the middle of busy roads, or eating things that may be poisonous or cause internal obstruction. It may be harm to others – direct forms of aggression such as biting, kicking, hitting, using weapons. It may be the more indirect danger that follows from behaviours such as throwing heavy objects. Not all behaviours defined as challenging are dangerous. Not all potentially dangerous behaviours will be regarded as challenging (for example sports such as horse riding or rock climbing).

On the basis of such judgements the individual may find himself moving house, changing jobs, ingesting mind and body altering medications. It is therefore helpful to operate some checks when the behaviour of a person whom we are paid to support is being identified as problematic and as the focus for efforts at change. The type, frequency and intensity of a behaviour are all likely to influence the decision that there is a problem to address. As a check on whether attempts at change are justified, we suggest the following criteria be used to help the decision: (1) The behaviour should be such that it is levying or likely to levy a significant cost upon the individual (the cost might be physical – damage or injury; the cost might be social – imprisonment, banning from important places or activities).

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