Some Strategy Suggestions

  • Attend to Communication - Receptive/Expressive/Combination
    • Is it happening?  What are the capabilities?
    • Use shorter phrases; Avoid speaking in the negative; Wait before repeating yourself
    • Visualize sequenced directions
    • Avoid misunderstandings
  • Preparation for Transitions - Advance Warning Systems*
    • Verbal countdown    Picture or word schedule     Concrete language
  • Using Visuals to Reinforce What We Say*
  • Writing Stories to Help Anticipate New Situations*
  • Thinking Alongside the Person*
  • Behavior Supports
    • Schedules (Promotes Independence; Provides predictability; Allows Self-Mgt)
    • Making Routines Comfortable*
    • Task Analysis
    • Shaping
    • Prompt and Fade
  • “Faith at Home” work

* Barbara J. Newman.  Autism and Your Church:  Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006.

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