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Why is my child not listening?

Updated: Feb 6, 2023

Do you find your child:

  • unable to maintain attention

  • has trouble finishing tasks

  • unable to easily transition between activities

  • becomes anxious or frustrated

For many ASD children, differences in Executive Functioning skills

can often create chaos in their day to day living.

Executive Functioning are self-regulating skills that help you manage

yourself based on your ability to process information.

Because of Executive Functioning issues, many ASD children can have trouble with:

  • communication

  • planning

  • daily tasks

  • impulse control

  • attention

  • verbal reasoning

  • rigid thinking

How can visual supports help Executive Functioning differences:

  • provide structure and understanding for your child

  • schedules of daily routines reduce anxiety of the unknown

  • foster independence and support on-task success

  • promote successful transitioning

  • prepare child for upcoming events and appointments

  • can be used across different environments

As with any intervention, the use of visual supports (schedules, to-do lists, task breakdown, choice boards, etc.) must always be first taught to your child:

  • modelling for your child provides purposeful meaning

  • consistent use provides a predictable routine

  • consistent access allows referencing by child as often as needed

Incorporating your child's high interests first, is the best way to encourage both learning and participation engagement in the use of visuals.

Visual supports need to be individualized to your child's specific needs.

If you feel your child could benefit from visual supports, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Lena Morrow

February 02, 2023

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