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stacy huffman
re: behavior as communication
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:28
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I am so glad that you presented this question. I recently took a class that helped me look at behaviors as a form of communication. This was definitely an "a-ha" moment for me. I began to look at each behavior as a form of communication rather than something that must be punished. This became especially true for my students who are non-verbal. I have a student who would throw himself on the floor every time we went to the gym. He would throw his shoes and turn over chairs. Once I began to view the behavior as a form of communication, I realized that what he was trying to tell me was that the gym was over stimulating to him. We began taking measures to help support him in the gym and his gym experience has now become much more pleasant for him.

  • behavior as communication - koppenhaverd, Tue Jun 16 15:58
    A critical issue is whether you treat behavior as behavior or as a form of communication. If throwing yourself down in front of the gym doors is viewed as behavior, you have 2 choices: reward it so... more
    • re: behavior as communication - stacy huffman, Sat Jun 20 12:28
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