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Repetitive Behaviors with Children Diagnosed with Autism

Children with autism often engage in repetitive behaviors as a way to cope with sensory

overload. These behaviors can manifest in various ways including repetitive motor behaviors. Repetitive behaviors can affect children's learning experiences, social interactions, and engagement in daily activities.

As each child is unique and often requires tailored support, it's essential to comprehend each child’s needs and preferences also offering alternative and functional ways for them to engage in these behaviors. Such adaptations can help children be more engaged throughout the day, as well as offer them a constructive outlet for emotional expression and self-soothing. The goal is to teach a child alternative behaviors that serve the same purpose but are more adaptable during structured environments. This allows for better focus and participation during activities requiring attention, while still giving them the coping mechanisms they need. Changing their surroundings can also reduce triggers that lead to repetitive behaviors. Therefore, it helps children to regulate their emotions in a socially acceptable manner, while still meeting their behavioral and emotional needs.

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