Tips to Improve Your Child's Behavior

One of the biggest challenges parents and teachers typically deal with revolves around helping children improve their behavior. This challenge is particularly crucial for parents with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Although conventional strategies may work for some children, they don’t quite deliver similar results in others. In this blog post, we will talk about tips you can use to improve the behavior of a child with ASD.

Tackle Transitional Tantrums with Time

Many children on the spectrum find it difficult to leave preferred places and activities. It could be the neighborhood park or their favorite spot at home. Children may start to behave erratically and become unpredictable during this time. They may even run, scream or lash out in other ways. For parents, this can be a rather unpleasant ordeal.

How to tackle such situations with time?

Tell your child that in five minutes or so, his play time ends and you (you and him) will be moving on to the next task. This helps children with ASD prepare for the transition. If done repeatedly, this technique will become a routine for your child.

Some examples are: you need to take a bath in five minutes; we are leaving the park in two minutes, etc.

First, and Then

Other tantrums that children with ASD may throw are related to wanting something at that very moment. It could be a snack or a toy or anything your child may desire vehemently at that specific moment. It can also be that they don’t want to complete a set task and rush to the next task.

How to tackle such situations with time?

The best way to tackle such situations is by pointing out to your child that if she wants something immediately, she needs to first complete the task she is currently working on. Parents can communicate this verbally or can use pictures as well.

Some examples are: First let’s finish lunch, and then we can play outside; first we clean our rooms, and then we watch TV.


Rewarding children bring out the best in them - instilling a deep sense of confidence and helping them interact better. It’s vital that parents don’t overlook the fact that children with ASD require constant encouragement and support.

Parents need to appreciate and reward good behavior, especially when they perform well in areas that they typically struggle with.

Simple statements such as “good job with clearing your blocks,” can do wonders for your child’s confidence.

How to give rewarding statements?

“I like how you played and shared with Alan at the park.”

Recognizing good behavior increases its chance of being repeated. Rewarding good behavior with small tokens such as candy is also a good idea (but not constantly).

Keep Calm and Stay Clam

Parents need to keep calm and stay calm when their children with ASD have a meltdown. Parents should focus on taking deep breaths to calm themselves down as well. It’s important to remember that losing your cool as a reaction to your child’s behavior can be damaging to the both of you. Since children with ASD can’t always explain their wants and needs clearly, the onus is on the parents to be understanding and patient.

For more information regarding behavioral therapy, sensory therapy, cognitive skills, developmental disorders, and early intervention, please contact Stepping Stones Center. We emphasize acquiring new and appropriate behaviors, while also working on helping the child achieve developmentally age appropriate milestones through evidence-based practices.

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