How shaping behaviours enhance learning in autism

By instilling appropriate behaviours, it will help the child understand what is fitting and accepted in different social contexts.

Shaping behaviours

How do we reduce challenging behaviours? One of the key steps is to identify the function of children’s disruptive behaviours and develop strategies to decrease them while imparting more practical skills. This is known as ‘shaping’ in which the desired behaviour is broken down into smaller and manageable steps that would move the child successively closer to the desired behaviour.

Let us use two common scenarios to illustrate how shaping behaviours can potentially benefit a child:

Tantrums or Crying