Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have noted deficits in communication and socialization. Additionally, many engage in challenging behaviors in relation to transitions. This presentation will focus on the myriad of factors contributing to the difficulty with transitions. The use of functional assessment and analysis in understanding and addressing behavior during transitions will be reviewed. The role of consistency versus predictability, the use of priming and visual preparation, as well as promotion of behavioral flexibility and communication, will be discussed.
1. Attendees will identify at least two factors contributing to difficulty with transitions in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
2. Attendees will describe the importance of functional assessment and analysis in understanding transitioning behavior.
3. Attendees will list a minimum of three ways in which intervention can be used to prevent challenging or disruptive behavior during transitioning for individuals with ASD.
4. Attendees will identify at least two ways in which flexibility and communication skills can be addressed in an individual with ASD.
Time Ordered Agenda:
5 min Introduction to the communication and behavioral challenges associated with transitioning for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
10 min The potentially lifelong impact of challenging and disruptive behavior across environments and people
10 min The use of functional assessment and analysis with behavior related to transitions- a brief review of the literature
10 min Specific and indirect factors that may be contributing to behavioral challenges during transition periods
10 min The use of predictability and preparation in creating more successful transitions for individuals with ASD
10 min The importance of the development of behavioral flexibility and communication in individuals with ASD to promote more successful transitions