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No Fighting No Biting No Screaming | How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities | Book Review

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Fighting, biting, screaming and other behaviors that challenge the people dealing with them are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. In this fresh and effective approach, Bo Hejlskov Elvén shows how identifying and adapting these problem areas can dramatically improve behavior in people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

My daughter is an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Services  and works with autistic children and developmentally disabled children daily.   Here she offers her review and the following perspective on the book’s tips.


This piece of literature is very beneficial for parents of young children dealing with problem behaviors.  The author described many triggers that can set off the problem behaviors for the individual such as the level of demands or stress factors.  They also recommended ways to adjust the level of demands put on the person with problem behaviors, as well as noticing the warning signs of stress and calming factors.  Creating diversions and redirecting are important for managing problem behaviors which the author also mentioned.  These techniques will help the parents of autistic children be successful with managing problem behaviors.  No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities will be a resourceful tool for parents of children with problem behaviors.

Children With Developmental Disabilities

This practical book explains how to reassess difficult situations and offers easy and effective strategies for eliciting positive responses without resorting to restraint and punishment. Based on the successful low-arousal approach, it is a proven method of stepping away from distress and towards calm, improving the quality of life of everyone involved. Helpful examples covering a wide range of developmental disabilities from autism to Down’s Syndrome illustrate the positive changes that can be achieved.

This empowering book will be invaluable to anyone attempting to deal with unproductive behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities, whether at home or in a professional environment.

Bo Hejlskov Elvén is a Clinical Psychologist based in Sweden . He is an independent consultant and lecturer on autism and challenging behavior, and an accredited Studio III trainer. In 2009, he was awarded the Puzzle Piece of the Year prize by the Swedish Autism Society for his lecturing and counseling on challenging behavior.

ISBN: 978 1 84905 126 2
Available at Major Retailers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers is an independent publisher of accessible books that make a difference for parents, professionals, academics and the general reader.

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