Supporting Appropriate Behavior in Students With Asperger Syndrome (page 3)

By — Autism Society
Updated on Mar 8, 2010

Design long-term prevention plans.

In the midst of problematic behaviors, adopting a long-term approach to a student’s educational program may be difficult. However, plans for supporting a student over the long term should be outlined from the start. Many procedures and supports with the most relevance and utility for student’s with Asperger’s (e.g., specific accommodations, peer supports, social skills, self-management strategies) must be developed progressively as the child moves through school. These are not crisis management strategies but the very things that can decrease crisis situations from arising.

Discuss how students with Asperger’s fit into typical school-wide discipline practices and procedures.

A major issue is fitting students into typical disciplinary practices. Many students with Asperger’s become highly anxious by loss of privileges, time outs or reprimands, and often cannot regroup following their application. Another issue is school-wide discipline procedures. Schools which focus on suspension and expulsion as their primary approach, rather than on teaching social skills, conflict resolution and negotiation and on building community learning, are typically less effective.

Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate!

Educators, administrators, related service personnel and parents should collaborate on a behavior support plan that is clear and easily implemented. Once developed, the plan should be monitored across settings, and regularly reviewed for its strengths and weaknesses. Inconsistencies in our expectations and behaviors will only heighten the challenges demonstrated by a student with Asperger’s.


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Koegel, R.L., Koegel, L.K., & Parks, D.R. (1995). “Teach the individual” model of generalization: Autonomy through self-management. In R.L. Koegel & L.K. Koegel (Eds.), Teaching children with autism: Strategies for initiating positive interactions and improving learning opportunities. (pp. 67-77). Baltimore, MD : Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.

Williams, K. (1995). Understanding the student with Asperger Disorder: Guidelines for teachers. Focus on Autistic Behavior, 10, 9-16.

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