This is part 2 of a 4 part series during which I share some tips and suggestions for successful community outings in the face of challenging behaviors. At the end of each post, there will be a FREE download to help you take this information and put it into action.
So, this post is all about the BEHAVIOR. I know it can be an uncomfortable topic to focus on. No one likes to talk about the times we, or our loved ones, are at their worst. But, if we ask the right questions, it can truly help to diminish the likelihood we will have to deal with this potentially scary and dangerous situation in a crowded aisle in the middle of Wal-Mart.
I cover lots of questions in the handout, but in summary, we need to consider:
- Are there any triggers?
- Temperature changes
- Key words or phrases
- What does the behavior look like?
- Signs an annoying behavior may be escalating
- Self injurious
- Targeting others (staff or strangers)
- Destruction of property
- Targeting animals
- How long does it last?
- From start to end
- Follow-up outbursts
- Recovery period
This video clip is about 10 minutes and addresses these issues in more detail and I share some personal experiences I have had with my own son, Jimmy, and some of my students.
I hope you now see the value in asking these often difficult and emotional questions. Click on the image below to download the free list of questions to consider.