When we realized the reason behind our son’s inability to perform complicated actions – difficulty breaking things down into steps – we were finally able to help him.
We started with two-step action games, done ten times every day. Yep, TWO steps – like hop and then turn in a circle, or flap your arms and then jump. Sounds simple, but it laid a firm foundation for later, more complicated, multiple-step actions. Oh, and that nice bit about helping with obedience and avoiding resistance (and the I’ll do it, but I’ll do it MY way syndrome) – that worked, too.
- Say the instructions – both steps. Keep it simple.
- Try not to repeat or prompt, unless asked.
- See that they are followed… to the letter. Walking around the chair does not count as ‘sit in the chair’. Walking around the chair and then sitting in the chair doesn’t count, either, unless those were the steps.
- Give credit for 1. remembering the steps and 2. following them (no extras added).
When that is 100% successful for a month – time to move to Three Step directions. We playfully dubbed it ‘the next level’ to appeal to his gaming side. 😉
Note: Thanks to Jenifer, who first introduced us to two-step directions so many years ago