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Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

Sometimes the difficulties of autism can lead to behaviors that are quite challenging for us to understand and address. Most individuals with autism will display challenging behaviors of some sort at some point in their lives. Autism Speaks has created this Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit to provide you with strategies and resources to address these behaviors, and to help support you and your loved one with autism during these difficult situations.

The guiding principle used in developing this kit is that each individual with autism and his family should feel safe and supported, and live a healthy life filled with purpose, dignity, choices, and happiness. With this in mind, positive approaches and suggestions are highlighted throughout the kit. The general framework and intervention principles included are relevant at any stage of life, and we have included basic background information, with links to further information and resources on a variety of topics. 

Click here to download the Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit.

The kit is broken into different sections. You may want to read the kit in its entirety or work through a section at a time:

Why is Autism Associated with Aggressive and Challenging Behaviors?

Why is it Important to Do Something about Challenging Behaviors?

Who Can Help? What is this Idea of a Team?

What are the Things to Consider?

What are the Positive Strategies for Supporting Behavior Implementation?

What Might I Need to Know about Managing a Crisis Situation? 

What are Long Term Solutions and Where Can We Learn More?

Challenging Behaviors Glossary

We sat down with 2 experts to help answer your frequently asked questions: Gary S. Mayerson, Founding Attorney at Mayerson and Associates, and Nicole Weidenbaum, Executive Director of Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism. Check out the videos below to hear what they had to say!

Frequently Asked Questions

In the video below, Gary Mayerson provides information about crisis situations.

Gary also covered the following topics during our Q&A session with him:

Crises and Schools
Adults and Guardianship
Hospitals and Residential Placement
Calling 911
Other Advice

In the video below, Nicole Weidenbaum provides background information about challenging behaviors.


Nicole also covered the following topics during our Q&A session with her:

Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Dealing with a Crisis at Home
Other Advice

Do you have any questions or are you looking for resources to help your loved one with challenging behaviors? Call our Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 or email us at We are always happy to help!