Ruth answers some of the most frequently asked questions about dual diagnosis and self-injurious behaviour. She also discusses some of the terrible consequences that can occur when self-abusive activity is assumed to be volitional.
Positive Behavioral Support
Ruth talks about the common misconceptions that many people have about individuals who are self-injurious and why many behavioral interventions are not only ineffective but also can be dangerous. Ruth also offers some suggestions on how support staff and family members can respectfully investigate the possible causes of self-harming activity.
As an alternative to behavioural programs, Karyn talks about the importance of helping people pursue what makes them happy. She describes how she uses her "Happiness Book" in supporting people to work towards creating a more joyful and meaningful life.
Combining her clinical background with her experience in the field, Karyn outlines a number of practical and effective ways of responding to individuals who have experienced trauma. She also warns about interventions which can make the trauma worse
It is difficult to understand why a person would do Self-Injurious Behavior. However, speaking from her own experience of having done self-injurious stims, Amythest explains why some people do this and some of the ways of supporting someone who is harming themselves.
Amythest describes a number of "Good Therapies" that actually help autistic individuals. Although Amythest focuses on children, the principles she outlines are equally applicable to supporting autistic adults.
What is ABA? What is the purpose of ABA therapy? Is ABA good for Autistic children? Is there a link between ABA and PTSD? What's the alternative? Amythest Schaber answers all of these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic!
Is it possible to become "more autistic"? Why do some autistic individuals suddenly have more meltdowns and why might that be? What is autistic burnout? What causes it, and what does it look like in Autistic children and adults? What can you do to help? Amythest answers all these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic!
Pat shares some important common-sense insights about why traditional behavioral programs are often ineffective or only provide short term results. She offers some specific ideas on how support staff and family members can provide more collaborative behvaioural support by working within the context of a trusting relationship.
What is stimming? Why do Autistic people do it? What are some common stims among the Autistic population? What the heck is "proprioception"? Amythest answers all of these questions in this episode of Ask an Autistic!