Helping people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Benjamin Franklin wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Although he was referring to fire prevention, this phrase applies to so much more. It is especially true for helping people that have Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.
When approaching a new experience, the more we can prepare for the expectations of that experience, the better off everyone will be. There are many ways to do this.
Here’s one idea for you: If you are going to a new place, find a map of the location and then play with it!
- Notice the different ways you can begin the experience.
- Are there multiple entrances?
- What will the experience be like if you start at one entrance versus another?
Plan your journey. Draw the path on the map that you would like to take, draw a second path to present another option and also be prepared to draw another path on the map when you get there if something unforeseen should occur.
Prepare a Backup Plan
Being aware that your plan may need to change, is a big part of the preparation. There is a need for a plan B in case plan A turns out to be difficult to navigate.
With a little preparation, one can do a lot to prevent meltdowns and uncomfortable situations.
Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating your success strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.