Using formal ABA procedures to reduce avoidance behaviour in a classroom setting could be debilitating. The therapist needs to take care of learning needs of other kids and the teaching style of the teacher. If you are a therapist for a student with autism and you are supporting him/her in a classroom, consider trying these steps. They don’t need to be carried out in full and in a particular order.
- Observe Avoidance Behaviour on presentation of work demand.
E.g. Crying, Kicking, Hitting Table, Rocking, Looking Away, Biting Fingers, Picking Nose, Picking Cuticles, Asking for Washroom (Teacher Says, “You can wait.”)
- Ignore and pay NO attention to all these forms of avoidance behaviour.
- Teach the student and everyone else as if you do not notice anything different.
- Provide Simple Instructions for either 1-on-1 or Independent work.
E.g. Take out a pencil. Tell me about “Something”. Write the sentence by yourself, I will check later. Fill the blank. Write down the answer.
- Praise his good behaviour no matter how small it is.
E.g. Good listening. I love your idea. Nice sentence. Good job doing math. This is a correct answer.