Behaviors and Autism Spectrum Disorder (VCU-ACE)
Interfering behaviors are any set of behaviors that cause harm to self or others, impede learning or are disruptive in daily life functions. Individuals with ASD can present with interfering or challenging behaviors. Communication deficits, lack of social competence, sensory needs and difficulties with executive functioning are a few of the underlying factors that may contribute to these behaviors. Due to the substantial impact of interfering behaviors, these needs must be addressed through a process that identifies the underlying function of the behavior and implements strategies to promote positive behaviors. Therefore; a large body of literature has been devoted to Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP), and implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports. These supports and strategies can result in significant improvement in an individual's behavior and increase his/her quality of life within the context of the school, community, and home.