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How to Use Positive Behavior for a Differently-Abled Child

When a child misbehaves, whether it is hurting another kid or throwing temper tantrums, we usually reprimand him/her or hand out some punishment. But a uniquely-abled child needs a different kind of approach towards discipline. This is called positive behavior.

It is usually harder to carry out traditional discipline techniques while dealing with a uniquely-abled child. For instance, if the child has autism, he/she may struggle to understand the effects of his/her action.

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But that never means you should not discipline the child at all. What is required is a consistent and gentle strategy which is the key to manage a child having autism.

Children with autism are known to respond better to positive behavior by earning something that they want, maybe a classic sticker chart.

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You can put out some stickers of the favorite character of your child, like an action hero or anything similar. Give them one sicker for each day they behave well. You may also assign some stickers with some household duties or other actions. Upon reaching a particular number of stickers, they can earn their favorite item. Praise your child when they respond to your disciplinary strategies and show positive behavior.

Uniquely-abled children should be spoken to in a different way. Stress on what they should do, rather than what they should not. For instance, if the child is pulling your dog’s tail, never say, “Stop hurting him.” Rather say, “Please let the dog go.”

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