Behavior modification is considered equal in importance to social skills therapy in helping children and teens with Asperger’s Disorder. This type of therapy, while its goals are to help your child, can only be done with your active involvement. You become the behavior modifier at home, essentially serving in the role of a behavior therapist.
While behavior modification is relatively easy to learn, the challenge comes in finding the motivation to use it on a consistent basis. Research clearly documents that when the skills are used predictably and reliably, substantial improvements are seen, both in the child’s behavior and in the parent-child relationship. When parents are inconsistent or stop using the techniques, their child’s behavior deteriorates to the pre-behavior-modification level. The frustration for many parents is that they have to use behavior modification seven days a week, 365 days a year, year after year. If they slack off, their child’s behavior deteriorates.
There are a variety of behavior-modification techniques you will learn in this chapter, including:
• Positive Reinforcement
• Positive Punishment
• Negative Punishment
• Negative Reinforcement
• Backward Chaining
• Applied Behavioral Analysis
• Functional Behavioral Analysis
• Floor Time