I chose the Topic of antisocial behavior because during the past five years of my teaching career, I have had more and more students with Asperger Syndrome.
What is Asperger Syndrome (AS)?
According to the official website of the NINDS, National Institute of Neurological Disorders, Asperger Syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum developmental disorder.
What are a few charateristics of AS?
A characteristic of Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a person’s inability to feel empathy for others.
Another characteristic often displayed by individual with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is repetitive behavior. In fact, repetitive routines or rituals are listed as common characteristics of students with AS. Since students with AS often display repetitive behaviors and poor social skills, these characteristics can be misinterpreted as behavioral problems. In addition, another characteristic commonly seen in students with Asperger Syndrome is antisocial behaviors.
What are some teaching strategies for AS and antisocial behavior?
Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is an empirically validated, function-based approach to eliminate challenging behaviors and replace them with prosocial skills. Use of PBS decreases the need for more intrusive or aversive interventions (i.e., punishment or suspension) and can lead to both systemic as well as individualized change. This will ultimately enhance the quality of life for students while minimizing what may be considered problem behavior. One such teaching strategy would be the use of social stories to teach proper social skills. Social Stories have been proven to help numerous children and adults who experience Autistic spectrum disorders. Social stories should be individualized brief stories, which describes a social situation and provides specific behavioral response cues through visual supports and text. The social studies can also provide instruction on the who, what, when, where, and why of a social situation.