A Quick Tip on Learning New Things

It’s called a learning curve, not instant success.

Keep trying!  When you evaluate what is working and what is not, each step brings you closer to your goal.

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help with mental flexibility? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

The Power of Mistakes

At the heart of the difficulty giving and receiving advice/ criticism is our view of mistakes. We frown upon mistakes, emphasizing the weakness and even the failure illustrated as a negative, rather than an encouragement to try new things and progress. There is a tendency to view mistakes/ failure as the final product, rather than part of a much bigger process where each mistake directs the next step and refines the goal.  This approach to mistakes is the greatest error. Mistakes are experiences that provide information.  It is how we use this information that is negative or positive. The occurrence of a mistake allows for observation, reflection, and self-correction. Mistakes can provide a positive experience and a necessary tool for learning. They are a key in developing resilience. If we can reframe the concept of a mistake as a form of information collection, we can assist those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in becoming independent and strong. Our greatest leaps forward come from our courage to take a chance, make a mistake, and learn.

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help reframing your experiences? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information. @IWAutism

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Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating your success strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

A Quick Tip on Motivating A Person With ASD

Use your loved one’s interests to help them through new or disliked tasks. eg. Use a sticker chart with his/ her favorite characters to check off today’s tasks.

Note: Check for understanding and ability first. No amount of motivation will work if a task is confusing or too difficult.

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD.  Need help with work completion? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

Preparation: The Key to Success

Bringing your loved ones out of their comfort zones can be a stressful task.  It is easy to stick with what is comfortable and known.  However, there are times we need to move beyond what we already know.  When you know it is time for a change, prepare!

  1. Expectations:  Describe the experience step by step, in writing or with pictures.
  2. Practice: Share your story and practice the steps.
  3. Schedule: Put your new activity on the schedule and share the change, with plenty of time for your loved one to practice and understand.

You have prepared for the change, now it’s time to do it, and add another experience to their comfort zone.

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating your success strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

This Year I Resolve To… Making Resolutions That Stick

It’s a New Year, and people like to make resolutions.  Many people fall short on their self promises.  How can you keep with your goals this year?

  1. Write your goal down somewhere where you can see it fairly frequently to remind yourself of whaat you are working on.
  2. Break your goal down into small steps. Make each step easily achievable.  As your success builds you can take bigger steps.  If you like technology, use it to set reminders of what you’re working towards and to track your progress.
  3. Plan a time frame for each step.  If you are changing a behavior, work on each small step at least 30 days before adding more change.  Once each new habit is firmly established, then go to the next step.
  4. Celebrate each success along the way.

Happy New Year’s!

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help setting achievable goals? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.