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TABLE 5

Resources for Problem Behaviors

Problem BehaviorResources
Excessive or public masturbation Suggested conversation: “Today, we discussed that masturbation is a normal behavior. Excessive and/or inappropriate masturbation is often difficult to control because it can be a self-reinforcing behavior. We discussed that although inappropriate masturbation, such as public masturbation, may not completely go away, your child can learn to be redirected to perform the behavior in private. The key to approaching this is to ensure that your child both has a personal space and that he or she understands the appropriate place for private behaviors. Recommend using a schedule or timer to set boundaries for these behaviors.” 
 Specific protocols for minimizing excessive public masturbation include interrupting the behavior, reminding the person of appropriate time and place, redirection, and allowing masturbation in private. Often, working with a behavior therapist who can offer applied behavior analysis is recommended. 
 Resources: Kate E. Reynolds books: Things Tom Likes: A Book About Sexuality and Masturbation for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions (2015) and Things Ellie Likes: A Book About Sexuality and Masturbation for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions (2015). 
Inappropriate interactions (stalking), touching, or romantic gestures Through the Individualized Education Program, request a functional behavior assessment and a behavior intervention plan for positive supports such as a social skills group, scripting, video modeling and feedback, self-management, and rule governed behaviors. 
 Resource: Teaching Moment: Teaching Your Kids Appropriate and Inappropriate Touching (https://www.northshore.org/healthy-you/teaching-your-kids-appropriate-touching/). 
Using public restrooms Resources: Kate E Reynolds books: Tom Needs to Go: A Book About How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions (2015) and Ellie Needs to Go: A Book About How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions (2015). 
Problem BehaviorResources
Excessive or public masturbation Suggested conversation: “Today, we discussed that masturbation is a normal behavior. Excessive and/or inappropriate masturbation is often difficult to control because it can be a self-reinforcing behavior. We discussed that although inappropriate masturbation, such as public masturbation, may not completely go away, your child can learn to be redirected to perform the behavior in private. The key to approaching this is to ensure that your child both has a personal space and that he or she understands the appropriate place for private behaviors. Recommend using a schedule or timer to set boundaries for these behaviors.” 
 Specific protocols for minimizing excessive public masturbation include interrupting the behavior, reminding the person of appropriate time and place, redirection, and allowing masturbation in private. Often, working with a behavior therapist who can offer applied behavior analysis is recommended. 
 Resources: Kate E. Reynolds books: Things Tom Likes: A Book About Sexuality and Masturbation for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions (2015) and Things Ellie Likes: A Book About Sexuality and Masturbation for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions (2015). 
Inappropriate interactions (stalking), touching, or romantic gestures Through the Individualized Education Program, request a functional behavior assessment and a behavior intervention plan for positive supports such as a social skills group, scripting, video modeling and feedback, self-management, and rule governed behaviors. 
 Resource: Teaching Moment: Teaching Your Kids Appropriate and Inappropriate Touching (https://www.northshore.org/healthy-you/teaching-your-kids-appropriate-touching/). 
Using public restrooms Resources: Kate E Reynolds books: Tom Needs to Go: A Book About How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions (2015) and Ellie Needs to Go: A Book About How to Use Public Toilets Safely for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions (2015). 
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