A significant component of working with children with developmental disabilities is the establishment of instructional control – that is – having a child comply with what you ask them to do.
Parents and teachers working with children must gain instructional control, and often children have learnt a number of negative behaviours that can ensure that they either escape or avoid having to do what they are being asked to do. These behaviours can range from mild behaviours such as simply looking away and not responding, to severe aggressive and self-injurious.
Whilst escape and avoidance behaviours are common in all children, they can be exacerbated in children with developmental disabilities due to factors such as weak language skills, or strong obsessions with particular reinforcers.
Fortunately, there are strategies that will help your child to be a willing learner who follows your instructions. At NETwork Interventions we teach parents and professionals how to place demands successfully, as well as be “givers” to their children in order to establish that listening to what the parent says actually improved their world. For more information on these strategies please get in touch.