Autism & Challenging Behaviors: Strategies & Support

A guide from Autism Speaks

Challenging behaviors represent some of the most concerning and stressful features of autism. These behaviors can often cause harm or damage, family and staff stress, isolation, and caregiver burnout. Parents may feel guilty or responsible, but it is important to know that you should not blame yourself for behaviors that you find difficult. Sometimes, the extraordinary steps parents go through for their children with complex needs might not be enough, and additional supports and resources might be necessary. It is important not to think of your child, or these behaviors, as ‘bad,’ but to learn how to better understand and respond to challenging situations to make them more manageable for everyone. Hopefully this kit will help provide you with strategies and resources, and lead you to professionals within your community.