8 Year Old Delivering Instruction

13319725_249762208721707_3299335021890653009_nI was watching Keira the other day playing with Tink with a ball. She was getting Tink to spin and bounce the ball, I watched how first she got Tink’s attention with the ball. Tink was watching her, Tink reached across for the ball so Keira gave it to her and got another ball the same size.

She modeled what she was doing, then I watched in amazement as they both spun and bounced the balls together. Keira then stopped and said you do it Eirinn and Tink did. Keira had delivered effective and appropriate instruction by giving a task she had seen Tink do on her own then presented the task as “I do,” we do,” and “you do.” I hadn’t shown Keira how to do this she just did it.

A 8 year old little girl that gets how to deliver instruction. Then it dawned on me this is exactly how her Dad tought me to do things whilst working with him. He would show me first, then we would do it together, then he would get me to do it. This is where Keira had learned to deliver instruction.

Tips for Interacting with Children with Autism

Useful tips when interacting with a child with Autism:

  • Avoid reaching or moving in to their personal space
  • Avoid rushing up to them and sudden movements
  • Avoid using too many words or talking fast
  • Avoid forced interaction with out asking or being invited
  • Avoid forcing eye contact or staring
  • Avoid looming over them, avoid close interaction if the child is trying to escape or avoid you
  • Avoid touching them if they are not seeking or offering being touched

Anxiety often goes hand in hand with Autism. Anxiety is often conditioned by our behaviour and the way we interact with vulnerable children.

Routine and Change

Screenshot 2016-08-23 at 10.15.02 PMA pocket full of change: “Children with autism benefit from routine” is a phrase I hear alot but in the next breath I hear: “She has to learn to accept change.”

Tink has both but often people do not realise this. We have change and routine in our pocket, we can help Tink to cope with transitions and give her routine anytime, any place, any where. We have a routine of TAG points we can use to help Tink cope with change and transitions from busy supermarkets, from waiting room to therapy room and as many transitions as you can think of.

We are not tied down by routine or change either. This gives us and Tink alot more freedom. Why because we have a routine in our pocket, its portable and can be applied with ease in any environment. This is the freedom TAG teach has given us and Tink that many do not have. We have routine and change in our pocket.