Provide two choices

By Jennifer Lingle, M.Ed

Children with autism often become overwhelmed when they receive too many choices, but they can also become frustrated when they don’t receive any choices. When planning an activity, a meal, or an outing give your child two choices. Do you want to go to the zoo or to the library? Do you want to play with Elmo or with the iPad? Children on the autism spectrum can become easily overwhelmed by the question, “What do you want to do today?” or “What do you want to play with?” While it may seem like a good idea at the time to ask such an open-ended question, your child may become frustrated with the lack of direction. By providing two choices, you are empowering and guiding your child simultaneously.

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