Monday, January 9, 2012
Teaching Children with ASD to Initiate
1. Use time-delay (wait time paired with an expectant look/body language) before prompting right away: It is amazing how a child will learn to initiate more if we stop prompting so much.
2. Use visual cues: Picture cues can help children remember what they need to do to imitate. For example, the picture of the girl raising her hand seen in this post can be used to remind a child to raise her hand when she knows the answer to a question, when she needs help, or when she wants to make a comment related to the topic of discussion.
3. Use Social Stories: Social stories and other literacy-based behavioral interventions can be used to teach children how to make initiations
4. Use Video Modeling/Video Self-Modeling: Create videos of peers initiating to teach the desired behavior or take videos of the actual child initiating (even if prompts are going on behind the scenes).
5. Self-Monitoring: The child can record the number of times certain initiations are made.
Please share some specific examples that demonstrate how you teach children to initiate...