Challenging Behaviour Series: Social Attention

Welcome to SAAAC’s online behaviour series.
The purpose of our series is to understand what certain challenging behaviours are trying
to tell us. By understanding what they mean, we can then create strategies to help reduce
these behaviours. If you’re a parent or a caregiver of someone with autism, you may
have experienced these challenging behaviours. These behaviours can be hard to understand,
but they’re not random. Many individuals with autism have communication difficulties, so
they may act out in order to communicate. It is our job as parents, caregivers, and
therapists to understand what these behaviours are trying to tell us. So let’s begin by focusing
on attention seeking behaviours. Attention seeking behaviours is when an individual engages
in a behaviour to get a reaction from others. This might include inappropriate behaviours
like yelling, laughing hysterically, or at times becoming aggressive. Our goal today
is to help you reduce these behaviours. So here are a few strategies to help you reduce
attention seeking behaviour. First ignore it and wait the behaviour out. You can do
this by looking at your watch, looking at your phone, or engaging in a conversation
with another person. It’s important not to make eye contact as eye contact is a direct
form of giving attention. Next, once the behaviour subsides, you can acknowledge the person and
engage with them again. Last, but not least, always give attention to appropriate behaviours
such as when they’re working independently, playing nicely with their siblings, or waiting
quietly while finish talking to their therapist. Remember there are a lot of strategies out
there to help you reduce these behaviours, but the key is to be patient and consistent.
With time, you will see a difference. We hope you enjoyed our video! Please check out the
link below for access to our blog and more researches that may help. Thank you for watching,
we’ll see you soon


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