“Every behavior a child engages in, autistic or not, should be treated as purposeful and as a basis for interaction,” says Dr. Greenspan.
Dr. Greenspan on Behaviors
Oftentimes parents will identify particular problems (temper tantrums, perseveration or self-absorption) that they want to remedy, typically because it is embarrassing or disruptive. "There are six steps to take that usually solve these issues," notes Dr. Greenspan.
Hear Dr. Greenspan’s advice in this audio clip Discussion: As a clinician or therapist doing the family assessment, you will be able to sense if there will be a deeper resistance from the parents, states Dr. Greenspan. “They will speak about what they do and don’t do, and the ways they are comfortable or uncomfortable interacting.” After that happens,...