Posted on April 24, 2013 in Autism
Another idea from You’re Welcome by Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz
Many individuals with autism have delays in response time. Learn to wait for a response before giving another cue or asking another question.
If the person has problems with processing, it can be very challenging when directions are given several times in quick succession. For some individuals, these second and third directions can feel like interruptions as the person works to process the first direction and provide a response. In some cases, the individual may need to “reboot” and start processing anew with every new cue or reminder.
To be respectful and supportive, try to wait several seconds or even a full minute (depending on the context) to allow the person to respond, act, or move.
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