ASD Tip of the Month

For the past six years, the autism center has provided a monthly tip to support and encourage you as you educate children and youth with autism. We are excited to share with you our favorite tips from the past.

April 2021:

Amy’s Favorite: Emphasize Predictability and Routines - September 2016-2017

I love knowing what is going to happen and when it will happen. Don’t you? So do individuals with ASD. Providing predictability and routines can make a person’s life run more smoothly and with less anxiety. Emphasizing predictability and routines can be done in a variety of ways. This may include providing a schedule, social narratives, social rules, a checklist, or by using other visual supports.

“What can make your life as a teacher easier, save time in the school day, help your students be ready to learn, and decrease unwanted behaviors? One answer is teaching routines to increase predictability! For all students, especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and executive dysfunction, routines are invaluable and necessary. Spending time at the beginning of the school year teaching the variety of routines that happen daily in your classroom will save time throughout the year. For example, routines may be embedded at the beginning/ending of the day, during lunchtime and recess, while lining up, or transitioning to and from activities. Providing a checklist for these routines, with picture supports as needed, helps to teach and maintain the routines. Remember, predictability and routines are your friend!”

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