Discipline 101: Find Help and Share What Works for Your Family!
Are you looking for help disciplining your ASD child? You've come to the right place! Our moms have "been there, done that" and have shared some great advice.
Here are just a few helpful tips shared by moms just like you:
1. Base your discipline style on their level of understanding
~ Higher functioning children can understand rewards and punishments while low functioning children may respond better to redirection rather than consequences.
2. Make sure they know why they're being disciplined
~ Put an "If/Then" chart on the fridge so they know what's expected and what will happen if they don't obey.
~ Get down on their level and make sure you have their attention before you speak.
~ Discuss with your child what they did wrong then make them repeat it back to you.
~ For lower functioning children, repeat short sentences they might understand. Example: If he turns the TV up too loud - say "Too loud, too loud, too
loud" while turning down the TV.
3. Use rewards along with consequences
~ Take away a privilege for bad behavior (TV, video games, computer) but be sure to reward GOOD behavior as well.
~ Replace "bad" behavior (throwing a ball in the house) with "good" behavior (take your child outside to throw instead).
~ Engage them in a calming activity.
~ Remove them from the situation and offer an alternate, positive activity.
5. Be consistent and firm
~ Don't threaten a consequence without following through.
~ Be sure you discipline for the same behavior (good and bad) with consistency.
~ Don't back down from a consequence.
~ ASD children can be very literal. Make sure you are telling them to stop a behavior rather than asking.
6. Allow room for change
~ Be prepared to adjust your discipline style as your child ages and develops.
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