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Episode 156: Teaching Flexibility Through ABA

Many of our learners experience difficulties with rigid behavior, a common trait in the diagnostic criteria for autism. This can negatively affect their lives. Fortunately, there are strategies to help them overcome rigidity and become more flexible. Here, we discuss the best ways to incorporate teaching flexibility into ABA programs. 

What Are Rigidity and Flexibility?

Rigidity is an inflexibility. It’s the inability to tolerate change or unexpected events. We all experience rigidity to some degree. But where it becomes an issue is when a learner has an inability to move on after something has changed. Flexibility, on the other hand, is a willingness to take a different route to achieve the same goal. 

In this episode, we dive into how to teach flexibility to our learners. We also talk about obtaining assent and buy-in, managing healthy stress and discomfort, being mindful of anxiety when addressing rigidity, and more.

We have a free program dedicated to teaching flexibility around transitions. Download our Tolerates Transitions Program below!

What’s Inside:

  • How to incorporate teaching flexibility in our programs
  • How to determine whether rigid behaviors are okay or problematic
  • How to be mindful of anxiety when targeting rigid behaviors

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