There is a link between communication and behavior problems in autism.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders are known for having behavior challenges. Communication breakdowns are often the reason. If other communication attempts do not accomplish their goals, students will use what works. That frequently can be something we will call a “bad behavior.”
Here’s what one educator shared about managing a meltdown. “I gave a student the chance to just “show me” what he wanted or what was wrong. It turned out that we had taken Library off the class schedule and the student had brought Book Fair money that day. So how was he supposed to get to the Book Fair if Library wasn’t on the schedule! That day confirmed to me that behavior is often communication.”
If you are dealing with behavior challenges, try to look at the whole situation to discover where the communication breakdowns are.
The book Solving Behavior Problems in Autism explores many causes of behavior problems and provides simple solutions by using visual strategies.