aggressive behavior

definition of aggressive behavior: Behavior or action that intrudes on others and may be harmful to others. Aggressive behaviors may be physical or verbal.

Sensory Integration Therapy Assisted by Swinging

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Thomas Kass developed Take a Swing to help his son with autism.

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Thomas Kass developed Take a Swing to help his son with autism. John Kass had sensory integration issues that continued to worsen as he got older. By the time he was 10, his aggressive behaviors were getting in the way of his academics and socialization skills. The family discovered that John liked to swing at the park, that he became calm and happy. Thomas decided to create a swing that could used indoors or outside, depending on the weather, would fit a growing child, and would be portable enough to take to therapy. RehabMart has recently added Take a Swing to their product line.

Man Who Suffered Head Trauma Turns His Struggles to Helping Children with Autism

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Greg Marischen, who suffered a severe head injury, returned from his therapy determined to use the same therapy methods for children with autism.

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Greg Marischen, who suffered a severe head injury, returned from his therapy determined to use the same therapy methods for children with autism. Robert Melillo, a NY doctor improved on those cognitive and physical therapies to create Hemispheric Integration Therapy (HIT), which lead to the growth of Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Marishen now directs a center in Ohio that helps not only his two sons, but other kids with developmental delays. “The program is all about the plasticity of the brain. After aggressive therapy focused on the weak areas of the brain, it has the ability to rewire itself and make those connections,” said Marischen.

Aggression and Tantrums in Children with Autism: A Review of Behavioral Treatments and Maintaining Variables

A problem-solving approach that is combined with applied behavior analysis (ABA) may be helpful for children with autism who have tantrums and aggression.

Matson J.  2009.  Aggression and Tantrums in Children with Autism: A Review of Behavioral Treatments and Maintaining Variables. Journal of Mental Health Research. 2:169-187.

Assessment and Treatment of Excessive Straightening and Destructive Behavior in an Adolescent Diagnosed with Autism

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) may be helpful when teaching a child with autism to stop throwing things in the trash can.

Kuhn DE, Hardesty SL, Sweeney NM.  2009.  Assessment and Treatment of Excessive Straightening and Destructive Behavior in an Adolescent Diagnosed with Autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 42(2):355-360.

Medical Marijuana as a Therapy for Autism

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A mom believes that her son with autism and aggression has improved behavior since beginning medical marijuana therapy.

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A mom believes that her son with autism and aggression has improved behavior since beginning medical marijuana therapy. She tried traditional drug therapy with him, including risperdal, but that seemed to make him heavy, stronger, and still aggressive. The family contacted a medical cannabis doctor who agreed that a "speck" of marijuana given in a piece of fruit might help. His parents report, "It was an amazing experience, I'll never forget it, as we watched what happened, it was like 'He's back!' It was like all this anguish, pent-up rage and aggressiveness went away - it just calmed him down." Another mother with an autistic child who also had eating disorders gives her child a small bit of marijuana-infused oil in tea and cookies. She reported, "For the past year, he'd consistently had 30 to 50 aggressions in a school day, with a one-time high of 300. The charts for June through July, by contrast, showed he was actually having days-sometimes one after another-with zero aggressions." Doctors caution that more research needs to be done on marijuana as treatment for autism and many see drug therapy as a last resort.

Risk Factors for Challenging Behaviors among 157 Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland

Self-injury behaviors in children with autism may be more intense in children with severe intellectual disability than in other children with autism.

Murphy O, Healy O, Leader G.  2009.  Risk Factors for Challenging Behaviors among 157 Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders . 3:474-482.
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