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How to stop an autistic adolescent cursing?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree

In brief: Follow Dr. Rankin's

Advice; check for tourette syndrome & ask his behavioral therapist or school psychologist to do a functional behavioral assessment & help you devise a "token economy system" for using only nice words.
Calmly explain the words that are " not okay." set a period of time to monitor his utterances, after explaining a rule; e.g., that he earns tv/computer time only by using nice words.

In brief: Follow Dr. Rankin's

Advice; check for tourette syndrome & ask his behavioral therapist or school psychologist to do a functional behavioral assessment & help you devise a "token economy system" for using only nice words.
Calmly explain the words that are " not okay." set a period of time to monitor his utterances, after explaining a rule; e.g., that he earns tv/computer time only by using nice words.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD & Autism
4 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

First you need to determine if it is part of a tic disorder as that will require a slightly different approach.
Once that has been ruled out then you usually would employ behavioral modification techniques. It can be quite tedious and frustrating and utilizing a trained behavioral analyst will help the intervention to be more successful. It is also key for caregivers to model good language.

In brief: It depends

First you need to determine if it is part of a tic disorder as that will require a slightly different approach.
Once that has been ruled out then you usually would employ behavioral modification techniques. It can be quite tedious and frustrating and utilizing a trained behavioral analyst will help the intervention to be more successful. It is also key for caregivers to model good language.
Dr. Lisa Rankin
Dr. Lisa Rankin
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Behavior therapy

Chldren with autism vary in terms of severity, so any approach really needs tto be based on a good understanding of your adolescent.
Sometimes simple minimal fines or consequneces work such as putting a quarter in a family jar. Rewariding periods of time without cursing with a small token or favorite toy or object they like is a second strategy. One size or approach does not fit all teens.

In brief: Behavior therapy

Chldren with autism vary in terms of severity, so any approach really needs tto be based on a good understanding of your adolescent.
Sometimes simple minimal fines or consequneces work such as putting a quarter in a family jar. Rewariding periods of time without cursing with a small token or favorite toy or object they like is a second strategy. One size or approach does not fit all teens.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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