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Autism Behavior Problems: What's Triggering Your Child's Outbursts? (A Harvard Health article)


Autism is not a hardwired impairment programmed into a child’s genes and destined to remain fixed forever. Paying attention differently to and recording the environment around and prior to incidents can lead to an understanding of triggers for occurrences. Sensory breaks can help your child regroup and refocus.

Topics include:

  • Figuring out your child's needs
  • Search for the hidden meaning
  • External environment
    • Sensory stimulation
    • Social triggers
    • Communication problems
    • Interests

Internal environment

  • Sources of pain
  • Seizures
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Fatigue, hunger, or thirst
  • Emotions
  • Coordination problems

Stabilization, regulation, and sensory breaks


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