When the TA and the helping assistant managed to reach the spot where X was throwing a tantrum as he literally wrestled with the buttons he paused for two minutes as the helping assistant asked him to stop in a loud but firm voice.
The Child hit the helping assistant and the TA was also pushed away when there were attempts to pacify X by holding his shoulders.It could be seen that he was responding negatively to any attempts to be stopped from his disorderly behaviour.When we tried to stop him he ran off into the hall way and it took a long time to chase him down as he disrupted other class activity.Finally he started kicking the Vending machine again.It was a very emotionally charged moment as he dealt the TA with a punch in the stomach which was a final test of her patience.However the whole issue was resolved by distracting him with a bag of crisps and slowly suggesting that he return to the class.This took a lot of patience for the TA who was clearly upset by the punch but still had to manage the situation.Post the incident the TA had mixed emotions and felt less resentful for this episode which had tested her patience and resolved to understand better techniques to deal with such traumatic outbursts of X in the future,
The reflection on this incident is based on Skinner's theory who is famous for remarking that "Teachers must learn how to teach... they need only to be taught more effective ways of teaching." Skinner (1950).The theory proved useful in the experience narrated below as X continues to present difficulties.It was indeed a learning experience as a TA whose skills as a teaching assistant are constantly challenged in new and difficult situations.Realising the need for a strong strategy to counter learning behavioral difficulties caused by Autism Skinner's analysis of language in Verbal Behaviour (1957) has helped in the analysis of the relations between behaviour, motivative and discriminative variables, and consequences. Skinner ( 1957) has pointed out that there are seven types of verbal operants and how these can be developed in the Subject to allow the educational development as well as the independent training of speaker and listener.
It can indeed at times be challenging to deal with young teenagers with special needs as a TV.. The incident relates to a time when the TA was faced with the practical application of behavioural theories in a rather unexpected way.The issue involved the care of a X affected by autism who was having trouble adapting to a new activity being taught in the "learning hour". It is worth pointing out here what autism is and what kind of learning difficulties it can represent. For those affected by this condition this is a lifelong developmental disability and varies with in patients who may