(2013) | Useful to: Parent Centers working with families whose children are non-verbal and non-mobile.

This article looks at common negative behaviors that occur in children with severe disabilities, especially those who are non-verbal and non-mobile. Because these children are typically unable to communicate verbally due to their disabilities, it may be extremely difficult to determine the cause of the behavior or find effective treatments. As such, many children with severe disabilities do not obtain appropriate behavioral therapy and continue to exhibit negative behaviors.

The article then discusses common causes of negative behaviors (such as pain and discomfort, frustration, attention-seeking, anxiety or fear). Its final section focuses on improving or eliminating a child’s negative behaviors.

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