Dealing with Bad Behaviors

Quick Tip:Dealing with bad behaviors with Children on the spectrum

The manner in which one behaves on the spectrum, is related to the actions or reactions of a response to a external or internal stimuli.

In this quick tip we are looking at bad/non preferred behavior in a child. So let’s define this behavior as any defiant or inappropriate actions from a child.


  • ignore nondestructive behaviors, if the behavior, e.g. hitting, is directed towards you, block the hit but do NOT make eye contact with your child or talk to him/her.
  • Try to stay calm and walk away from the situation if you have to.
  • Redirect your child to a new task or activity.***For destructive or self-injurious behaviors: remove child from the situation that caused the behavior, e.g. the child is banging his/her head against the table, remove child from the table or any other hard surfaces in the area.
Autism Support Now is a Parent advisory blog and media site presented by "Ella's Hope for Autism" a 501c3 public charity in Missouri. This site is built for parents dealing with Autism . . . by parents dealing with Autism. Hope and Sam McPheeters (founders of Ella's Hope) have two children on the spectrum, and strive to provide continued advice for other parents, who are dealing with the same issues..