Archive | Following Directions

14 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Swallowing Soap

Some compulsive or repetitive behaviors displayed by individuals with autism are annoying or socially inappropriate. But some actions are dangerous. If a person chews on or swallows soap, dirt, coins, rocks, paper clips, or anything else that fits in their mouth, there is a potential for serious illness or injury. Because constant vigilance is difficult […]

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07 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Ignoring Directions

A dad commented that his 12-year-old son didn’t seem to pay attention when given a direction. “He just seems to tune us out at home, and he acts the same with teachers, his soccer coach, his speech therapist, and his sister. He seems to understand language ok, so we’re not sure if he just doesn’t […]

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28 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Incremental Progress

Sometimes we might feel as if we are taking one step forward and two steps back when helping our friends with autism learn new skills and enjoy life. Many individuals with autism have uneven abilities in a vast array of areas, including language and communication, social interaction, behavior, adaptive skills, personal care, academics, job skills, […]

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20 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Will Not Budge

For a variety of reasons, some of our friends with autism just plop down on the floor and will not budge. Sitting on the floor in the middle of the kitchen or the classroom is annoying and frustrating. Plopping down in the middle of a parking lot or street is dangerous. What choices do we […]

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14 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Good Night

Family members frequently bring up the issue of problems at bedtime with their youngsters diagnosed with autism. “All my kids resist going to bed,” commented one mom. “But my son with autism explodes every evening, and doesn’t calm down until after midnight. Our whole family is suffering.” Other parents mention resistance to bedtime, ranging from […]

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13 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Building Tolerance

Some individuals with autism are extremely resistant to change. Meltdowns often occur when they encounter a change in routine or food or clothing or other aspects of their daily lives. Although we might be bored with the same, predictable routine every minute of every day, we need to acknowledge that resistance to change is a […]

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11 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Moderating Obsessions

Having an excellent memory and being able to recall sequences are gifts that can certainly be useful. But some individuals with autism who have exceptional memories can become obsessed with a sequence or a script. Their obsession may need some attention if it interferes with their willingness or ability to interact with other people or […]

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07 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Graduation Disaster

Graduation ceremonies are challenging for all participants, even the most compliant, flexible high school senior. Many individuals with autism are able to wait patiently, maintain acceptable behavior, and blend in with their “typical” classmates. But what are our choices if we anticipate a graduating senior with autism will disrupt the graduation ceremonies? Listen Now:

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15 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Ignoring Me

A dad expressed concern about his pre-teen daughter who rarely seems to pay attention when her parents, her teacher, or other adults talk to her. What factors can lead to inattention and ignoring conversations? Listen Now:

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07 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Homework, Part 2

Part 1 of this discussion about homework discussed autism-related factors that may escalate the conflict between parents and students when kids come home with a back-pack filled with homework. How can we diffuse the situation and make school nights more peaceful? Listen Now:

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05 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Independent Living

What specific skills do our friends with autism need in order to live as independently as possible? Sometimes we focus on self-care like grooming and dressing or daily-living skills like laundry and cooking when thinking of self-sufficiency, but the list of skills necessary for independent living is VERY long! Listen Now:

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01 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Easter Parties

How can we help our youngsters with autism enjoy participating in traditional games and parties? At this time each year in my corner of the world, parents and teachers are searching for ideas about Easter egg hunts and other spring activities. Listen Now:

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24 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Literal Student

Because students with autism tend to interpret instructions so literally, they sometimes struggle with following basic instructions and common classroom routines. More issues arise when a literal student also lacks the ability to automatically pick up on social cues and copy the behavior of the other kids. Listen Now:

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19 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Gardening

It is springtime in my little corner of the world – lots of sunshine, longer days, warmer weather, and wildflowers spreading carpets of color. My own spring fever reminds me of the interest in gardening some of my friends with autism have developed over the years. Listen Now:

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16 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Leave That Alone

It is certainly challenging – if not impossible – to monitor what a person is doing 24/7. Parents, teachers, and others report the need to keep a constant watch on some individuals with autism in order to prevent injury and to protect breakable or potentially dangerous items around the house or school. Listen Now:

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10 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Teacher Attitude part 2

We are continuing a conversation about teacher attitude – about welcoming students with autism into a typical classroom. In the podcast “Teacher Attitude 1,” we talked about the first of three basic principles for educators to consider when welcoming students with autism into the classroom. In this podcast, we will continue the discussion. Listen Now: […]

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09 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Teacher Attitude Part 1

Every student – whether they have specific disabilities or not – has their own unique learning style and personality. The teacher’s job becomes even more complex when autism is added to that mix of individual differences. We will look at three basic principles for educators to consider when welcoming students with autism into the classroom. […]

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22 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Arm’s Reach

How can we prevent injuries when an aggressive youngster with autism participates in a group activity? What can we do to stop a child from biting anyone sitting close during circle time in early childhood? What are our options for dealing with a pre-teen who reaches out to scratch or grab anyone who sits within […]

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19 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Battle of Wills

Do you ever feel like you are engaged in a constant battle of wills? Let’s look at a strategy for increasing cooperation and compliance, even with the most strong-willed youngster diagnosed with autism. This proactive process turns a battle of wills into a win-win situation for all involved. Listen Now:

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18 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Totally Opposite

A mom was puzzling over the differences in the personalities of her two sons with autism. One of the boys responds best to strict, specific instructions, and the other only responds to gentle, sweet coaxing. Mom said, “People who don’t know our family think I speak too harshly our oldest son and that I spoil […]

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