One common characteristic of autism is stereotypy, repetitive movement for no obvious purpose. My little guy has vocal stereotypy which gets in the way during circle time in class. I have been assigned to implement my first intervention, and I have chosen to tackle this behavior.
I made some visuals to help him understand when it’s appropriate to talk and when it’s NOT appropriate to talk.
I used it throughout his daily tasks last week and his stereotypy has decreased by 50%! There is more to the intervention which involves blocking and redirection, but the visuals are really helping him to control his body.
I’m really excited for this because it’s the first time I have to write out the program, take the data, graph it, and discuss the progress!! I’ve been using everything I have learned in class: different methods of collecting data and how to use them. I’m on my way to becoming a BCaBA!!
In the practical life section, there are many activities that involve transferring objects with utensils. These are great tasks to help if your toddler has trouble feeding him/herself.
If you think about it, how often do they get to use the spoon? Average, 3 times a day. For some, that might not be enough to acquire the skill. What they need is more practice.
Do small transferring activities throughout the day so that your toddler gets used to holding and manipulating a spoon. Practice! Practice! Practice!
Making bracelets is a great short activity to teach several things: patterns, language, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor.
I use physical prompts to show my kiddo what the sequence is. I also lay out a visual prompt of what color comes next.
He knows how to string the beads independently, if he didn’t, I would physically prompt through that as well.
Here is the end result. I’m so proud that he even left it on his hand!!
This is my new favorite toy. I love everything from Melissa & Doug, they seriously make the best toys. I found this puzzle at Marshalls for $8!! It goes for $20 on Amazon. I get a lot of my toys at Ross, Marshalls, or T.J.Maxx.
All of my kids had trouble stacking it: they kept turning the bears 180° instead of 90°, which makes it great for hand-eye coordination practice! So far, they’ve all loved to match the colors. This toy is a hit with my kiddos! I highly recommend it.
I am done for the semester. I’m so happy to have a couple of weeks off before the next one begins. I have 3 semesters left to graduate. I will be posting again over the weekend. I have some paperwork to catch up on. Hope everyone is have a good week!!