I think, I can speak for most of us, we all like routine!
Routine is predictable, so it is understandable that people with a disability and limited understanding of verbal communication, like routine.
Just because someone has been doing the same thing for a long time, does not mean they enjoy it
However, just because someone has been doing the same activity for a long time, does not mean they enjoy going to the same place or activity over and over again.
It can mean the activity is part of their routine, for people with language difficulties, verbally given a change to routine, can be difficult to process can be very stressful.
So how do we support someone with a disability, largely people with Autism to experience new activities and places?
We offer the person a choice of what they want to do.
Generally people with a disability including people with Autism and auditory processing disorders when given a verbal choice, will choose the first or last thing they heard or the keyword they are familiar with.
How can we support the person to make an informative choice of what they want to do or see?
VISUALS! if the person can see what you are offering, then they are more likely to give it a go.
if you asked a person who was non-verbal or had limited language, do you want to go to the park or Cafe, it is more likely they will choose the first or last word or the keyword.
If you showed the person a picture of a park or cafe and prompted them to point to which one you want to do, then it is likely they are making a better informative choice for themselves.
It makes sense
Picture can be more appealing and people can understand the choices of activity or places to go.
You have a better chance of encouraging people to do new and different activities and go to new places but using visuals.
Now lets add the visual to the person Weekly Communication Board
Once the choice has been made you can add the visual to the persons Weekly Communication Board or Calendar.
Visuals are a concrete form of communication and like routine are predictable and enable people with a disabilty to make better choices for themselves.
We have added more picture cards to choose from in our Weekly Calendar pack.
You can now choose 30 picture cards from a list of visuals of Community places, Community activities, activities and tasks to do at home.
The Weekly Calendar pack includes 30 visuals with velcro and Weekly communication board to attach to your wall or door.
See-n-Speak is a NDIS Service Provider of Assistive Technology and Consumables, providing communication aids for people with a disability.
Email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an order form with a list of all the visuals to choose from.
This offer is not available online, standard packs are only available online at this stage.
Till next time,
Alison – Mother, Blogger founder See-n-Speak Visual Communication Aids www.seeandspeak.com.au