TIP: Keep Your Instruction Positive
When giving instruction or direction to your child with Autism, be sure to keep your language positive. Your instruction should tell your child what TO do, not what NOT to do! Minimize the use of “stop” and “don’t” when giving instructions. For example, if your expectation for your child is to remain in their chair for lunch, it is more effective to say “sit in the chair” rather than saying “stop getting out of your chair and running around the room”. Saying “sit in the chair” clearly and concisely reiterates your lunch time expectations for your child. Your child could stop running around the room but never accomplish the desired expectation of sitting in the chair for lunch. Let’s work this week to eliminate unnecessary instruction and stick to using positive language to effectively communicate our expectations. Praying for you all! Share your successes with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.