Spotlight on Behavior

People on the autism spectrum can experience challenging behaviors, including aggression, disruption, refusals, self-injury, stereotypical behavior, and many others, throughout their lifetimes.  It is important that those who live and work with these individuals have easy-to-use tools to help them assess behavior and create a game plan for intervention.  This month’s spotlight provides resources to help caregivers and professionals assess and understand behavior across the lifespan and across environments.  The more we know about the when’s, where’s, and why’s of behavior, the more informed, and successful, our interventions will be.


1. Super Short Behavior Video


2. Online Resources

Autism Speaks Challenging Behaviors Toolkit
Autism Behavior Problems: What’s Triggering Your Child’s Outbursts? 
Autism: Behavioral Training and Management – Topic Overview
Interactive Autism Network : Challenging Behaviors
IRIS Center Modules (Vanderbilt University)
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Zero to Three

3. Books

*Alberto, P.A. and Troutman, A.C.  (2012). Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers.  8th ed.
Dunlap, G. and Fox, L.  (2016). Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families:  A model of individualized positive behavior support for home and community.
*Dunlap, G. and Koegel, R.  (1995). Positive Behavioral Support:  Including people with difficult behavior in the community.
*Harris, S.L. and Weiss, M.J.  (1998). Right from the Start:  Behavioral intervention for young children with autism.  A guide for parents and professionals.
Hodgdon, L.  (1999). Solving Behavior Problems in Autism:  Improving communication with visual strategies.
Lucyshyn, J.M., Dunlap, G., and Albin, R.W.  (2002). Families and Positive Behavior Support:  Addressing problem behavior in family contexts.
*Minahan, J. and Rappaport, N.  (2014). The Behavior Code:  A practical guide to understanding and teaching the most challenging students.
*Smith, C. and McConnachie, G.  (1994). Communication-based Intervention for Problem Behavior.  A user’s guide for producing positive change.

* Copies of these books may be available in the UF CARD Lending Library. If you are interested in borrowing a copy please call us at 352-265-2230.

We hope you found this brief spotlight informative and relevant.  If you would like more in depth training about this topic or another, please submit a training request. Please share feedback with us!