Behavior & Sensory Support

What you need to know

  • Social withdrawal is common and may be in part due to speech problems.
  • Attention deficit is common and may make the behaviors in a classroom challenging.
  • Anxiety, perseveration and autism spectrum disorders can also be present and contribute to social withdrawal.
  • Individuals may have poor social judgement and decision-making.
  • It is important to help individuals set goals that match their desires and abilities. 

What you can do

  • Consider treatments:
    • Behavioral supports
    • Counseling
    • Medication
  • Be proactive with behavioral supports. Discuss involving behavioral or mental health professionals, or medication with the child’s parents, if needed.
    • Firm directions, rules, and clear expectations are helpful
    • The child may benefit from positive behavioral interventions
  • Advocate for continued speech therapy to address speech differences
  • Be alert for signs of autism and advocate for appropriate support
  • Monitor for the need for additional support services for anxiety or depression
  • Structure and routine can help reduce anxiety.