Do not accept unacceptable behavior.
Intensive early behavioral therapy may normalize the brain activity in children with autism when they look at faces and improve their social skills according to a recent study. This is on top of what was previously known that it could help develop language and thinking skills. Researchers looked at 48 autistic children between 18 and 30 months. Half of the children were treated with a new type of therapy called Early Start Denver Model for 20 hours per week for 2 years. After 2 years, researchers used electroencephalograms to measure the brain activity of the children with autism as well as of children without autism while they watched faces and toys. The majority of autistic children treated with the Early Start Denver Model showed greater brain activation when looking at faces rather than objects (a response common to children without autism). The opposite was found among the kids with autism who received other interventions.
The autistic children with increased brain activity at the sight of faces also had better social and behavioral skills. The study is the first to find underlying changes in brain function along with behavioral changes after early therapy. The full study can be found in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, November 2012.
There are several strategies you can use to build a positive relationship with your children. Create a loving home by playing with your children and expressing affection. You need to give them attention no matter how busy you are. Be consistent with schedules and activities so children know what to expect. Respond to similar behaviors in similar ways. Be flexible and willing to involve kids in the decision making process.
Your child takes in cues from you. If you are excited about school, they will be too.
A British study was conducted on March 2012 where 8,000 parents with children ages 7 and under were investigated. The study found that children who snored or had other breathing difficulties during sleep were 50% more likely to have behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, temper tantrums, or anxiety.
Disruptive students lessen teacher effectiveness. Talk to the principal if your student is in a class with bad behavior that wastes class time.
Some obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) studies have shown that OCD may develop or worsen after a strep infection.
When dealing with behavior issues, process each situation with your child. This should be done every time they misbehave and/or you discipline them.
Acting out can be fixed with a positive, structured behavior modification plan. Incentives and frequent check-ins can make home life better.
The secret to having kids behave is to find out what they want and make them earn it. Positive reinforcement for good behavior really works.