We live in a society that expects spontaneity, and at times it can feel constricting to schedule and plan so much of our daily routines. That feeling of adventure can be achieved again once your loved one with Autism Spectrum Disorder feels fairly secure in their schedule.
- Let your loved one know that you are going to put a question mark on the schedule, and when that time comes you will choose what to do together.
- If they are feeling stressed and more information is needed, you may want to give them 2 or 3 activities to choose from.
- Choose fun activities first. After a few times, spontaneity will be associated with fun.
Once you have a positive association, you can try some more new things. For example, you might take turns choosing what to do during your spontaneous time. Be sure to prepare your loved one for each change, and listen to their thoughts. They are sure to have great ideas to try as well.
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.