Supporting Individuals With Autism and Problem Behavior Using AAC Over the past decade, researchers and practitioners have increasingly adopted new approaches to supporting individuals with autism who exhibit problem behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, and self-injury. This is due, in large part, to the emergence of the applied science of positive behavior support (PBS), which uses “educational methods ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2007
Supporting Individuals With Autism and Problem Behavior Using AAC
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  • Pat Mirenda
    University of British Columbia
  • Kenneth Brown
    Positive Behavior Support Options, North Vancouver, BC
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2007
Supporting Individuals With Autism and Problem Behavior Using AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2007, Vol. 16, 26-31. doi:10.1044/aac16.2.26
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, August 2007, Vol. 16, 26-31. doi:10.1044/aac16.2.26
Over the past decade, researchers and practitioners have increasingly adopted new approaches to supporting individuals with autism who exhibit problem behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, and self-injury. This is due, in large part, to the emergence of the applied science of positive behavior support (PBS), which uses “educational methods to expand an individual's behavior repertoire and…to minimize his or her problem behavior” (Carr et al., 2002, p. 4). An important subset of PBS interventions comprises those that rely on “the deceptively simple notion that behavior problems can be viewed as a form of communication” (Durand & Merges, 2001, p. 111). Problem behaviors are not just responses that should be either reduced or eliminated; rather, they represent an individual's best attempt to transmit a message or meet a need.
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