My son Steele who has autism is now 22 years old and I have been teaching autism strategies for most of his life, when Steele was diagnosed at 2 ½ there wasn’t a lot in the form of education and training for kids with autism so I did whatever I could to learn about autism in order to help my son, and with all that training the best teacher I had was Steele, he taught me more about how the brain of a person with autism thinks and that in turn allowed me to come up with strategies that made huge impacts on his life, and I would like to share a few of those with you.
1. Write it down, a task, a question, an emotion, anything that you want them to really understand.
2. Beginning and end, it could be a task, the day, dinner, a game, anything, by allowing them the information of beginning and end and to process that information early enough gives them calm and allows them to feel accomplishment.
3. Talk to yourself, as your doing this (with your child in the room) say the things that you need to do, example; “Oh my trash is really full and it stinks I better go empty it.” then do it. Don’t ask him to watch or look at you, if you continue to do this all the time, they will learn how to observe their surroundings, you’ve modeled a task, and they can take information in at their own rate.
4. Pay attention to good behavior, whenever they are doing something right or acting appropriately make them aware of it, sometimes they don’t know which behavior is which, and when you focus on the positive so will they.
5. Opportunity, Make them try everything, skiing, art, football, swimming, clubs, choir; don’t ever think that just because they have a disability they can’t do it, they will surprise you.
Have any tips of your own to share?