While not every individual with autism displays challenging behaviors, those who do often struggle to gain access to opportunities and independence in their communities of choice1. In the face of challenging behaviors, many parents, caregivers, and practitioners feel powerless in how to best respond.
This article details my shift toward a better understanding of challenging behaviors and my ever-evolving perception of behavior. I hope my experiences will serve as a resource and guide for how to conceptualize challenging behaviors and promote productive behavior programming.
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