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 offers ABA Therapy in Kansas City and throughout Southeast Missouri. Founded as an ABA self help video site in 2013 (by 501c3, Ella's Hope for Autism) ASN began offering in home ABA services in December of 2016 in Kansas City. In June of 2018 Autism Support Now, LLC opened it's second location in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.