Children with autism can find it difficult to predict what will or could happen next. It can therefore be challenging to understand who will be chosen to have a turn during a group or class activity. This can lead to anxious or ‘disruptive’ behaviour such as calling out, crying and shouting, because the child does not know who’s turn it is and most likely wants to have a turn themselves!
This can be easily avoided by using a visual resource to show the child exactly who’s turn it is, even before the activity has begun. This will therefore immediately decrease any anxiety or confusion about whose turn it is because the child/ children can clearly see.
Here are a few examples:
- Photo board showing whose turn it is on what day.
- A spinning dial with everyone’s photo and an arrow which can be spun randomly to point to whose turn it is.
- A board with Velcro so that a photo can be placed on to show whose turn it is.
Make sure the resource is clear so the child/children know exactly whose turn it is!