As a speech language pathologist working in psychiatric setting I see children act out all the time displaying a number of maladaptive behaviors ranging from aggression and avoidance to withdrawal and elopement. However, working with this population have taught me over the years not to jump to the obvious conclusions but to dig a little deeper.
One question I often find myself asking these days is: “Is it behavior or is it sensory?”
Many times after doing a bit of detective work, the answer does surprise me.
For those parents and professionals who are currently dealing with a first time onslaught of difficult behaviors and are not so certain how to recognize which one is which, I recommend the following screening instrument:
The Listening Inventory (2005) Academic Therapy Publications developed by Donna Geffner, PhD and Deborah Ross-Swain, EdD