Behavior can often be misunderstood and punished because the parent or caregiver doesn’t recognize its function for the child. Caregivers must look behind the behavior to learn what they’re trying to communicate.
Several strategies can help in guiding a successful transition. Though if the student changes schools, neighborhoods, or programs, additional support is required.
Behavior management continues to be of tremendous importance to parents and professionals and understanding the etiology of behavior in people with Fragile X syndrome is critical when creating proactive strategies to successfully manage that behavior.
Children with and without Fragile X syndrome learn to maneuver their environments in order to survive and thrive. In order to discern whether a behavior is oppositional, or merely a reaction to anxiety, pay attention to your reaction.
“Why does my child cry when people sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her?” Many years ago when I first heard this from a parent of a girl with FXS, I thought it was rather strange and perhaps something unique to this child’s behavioral repertoire.
Before school authorities consider suspension and possible expulsion, they need to determine whether threatening someone may have been the only way that the person with Fragile X syndrome could express the gravity of their personal discomfort.
Best practice for those affected with FXS means providing a learning environment that allows them to access the curriculum in ways that minimize their disruptive behaviors.