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Autism - Behavior Patterns

Author:Betsy Markman [Send Author Email]

February 11, 2002
Description:Written by a mom, not a doctor. Designed to help parents track the various environmental factors that may contribute to their child's negative behaviors, as well the interventions they tried, and the child's response to those. It is hoped that this database will help parents get a handle on what triggers their child's tantrums (or other negative behaviors), to better make sense of their child, and to figure out what actually helps.
Has Data:Yes
Has Forms:No
Filters:Filter by Name (in case, like me, you have more than one child on the spectrum), by date (is he worse on Mondays? Is she worse on a monthly basis?), by time of day (could this pattern mean he needs a nap at this time?), by type of adverse behavior, by its severity and duration (Now I see that he's worst under these circumstances), by prior activity (oh, he most often tantrums if I take him away from the TV), by whether a transition is involved, and what it was, by how the child was approached before the behavior (Now I see that he screams if I approach him in a hurried manner), by various environmental factors (such as noise, lighting, clothing, the familiarity of people, locations, and tasks), by whether the child was tired or hungry, by interventions tried, and by the child's response to interventions (hmmm, I usually try hugging him, but he responds better to being given some space).
Comments:There are lots of Pop-Ups and there is one sample record included. In addition to the factors mentioned above, there is a place for noting the child's self-comments, as these can be enlightening. There is also a place for making general notes. It is NOT the purpose of this database to tell parents how to deal with their children. It is rather a venue for allowing parents to track behaviors, environmental triggers, interventions, and responses to interventions, so they can determine for themselves what is best for their child. The DB is fully user-modifiable. Parents should ignore any questions that they are sure are not pertinent to their child; for example, if clothing is never a problem for your child, just don't fill in that one. On the other hand, if you don't know what's triggering your child's behaviors, try filling everything out and see if patterns emerge over time. You may want to delete and/or modify any of the fields I've used, since they were designed specifically for my children. If you don't know how to do so, see the HanDBase manual, or e-mail me. I want this to be very helpful to other parents of kids on the spectrum, so please write me with feedback and/or suggestions.
Version:HanDBase v.2.7x or greater
File:autism_behav__patrn.pdb          Downloads: This Month 191 / Total* 3816
Note:MAC Users will need to enter the filename autism_behav__patrn.pdb when saving this file.
* since October 1, 2000.

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