Using Positive Messages

We strive to constantly improve ourselves, and have a tendency to use criticism to help others achieve their goals. In our eagerness to point out errors or areas for improvement we often forget the effectiveness of acknowledging what’s working well.  When assisting those with ASD it is imperative that we use positive strategies as our primary source.  Despite the good intentions of some critiques, individuals with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome may hold on to the negative aspects of these statements.  Rather than inspiring change, criticisms tend to cause individuals with ASD to overly focus on their difficulties.  They may become stuck, afraid to risk another mistake. In fact, 10 positive experiences may be necessary in order to erase 1 negative experience caused by criticism.   To encourage progress, begin by emphasizing strengths.  This will be necessary in order to overcome previous criticisms.  And the next step?  I’ll be releasing a blog on the topic of mistakes.  Check back here to find out more.

 

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating positive 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.

Scented Surroundings: Sensory Overload

You are shopping with a friend and have already visited several stores he/ she enjoys when you notice your favorite store.  You take a deep breath, already enjoying the scents, and start to head into the store.  You notice your friend has stopped and doesn’t want to go in. You may feel like your friend is acting selfish. You’ve already gone into the stores he/ she picked.  More likely, your friend is experiencing a sensory overload.  It may be extremely difficult for him/her to walk through that door, after all the scents are so strong they are even wafting out of the store.

Think of your reason for shopping with your friend.  Are you there to do errands? To check things off your list? Or, more likely, are you there to spend time with each other? Understand your friend’s difficulty with that store, and come back to it another time.

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.

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.

 Communication Quick Tip

If you are making a request of someone with ASD/ Asperger’s Syndrome, state it in the positive.  Say what you want rather than what you don’t want.  For example: “Please put your clothes in the hamper” instead of “Don’t leave your clothes on the floor.”

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Looking for better ways to communicate? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

7 Reasons to Employ People with ASD

  1. Dedication: People with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome tend to be dedicated to their jobs.  Low turnover is a perk of hiring people with ASD. They are less likely to be “sick” the day after the Super Bowl, the newest Star Wars release, or even a historic World Series.
  2. A Different Perspective: People that have ASD see the world differently. As a result, they find solutions where others don’t even think to look.
  3. Quality Control: People with ASD tend to be rule followers, and will enforce your standards emphatically.
  4. Safety First: Because of their strict rule following, people that have Autism and Asperger’s have good safety records, qualifying you for great worker’s comp insurance rates.
  5. Social Compassion: Employing individuals with Autism and Asperger’s gives you a unique position.  Patrons are likely to try your brand/ work with your company for the “feel good factor,” and then stay once they realize the quality of your service/ products.
  6. Increased Management Skills: Managers with people that have ASD on their team learn to view every person as an individual, enabling creativity and helping each member of their entire team to grow.
  7. Increased Inclusiveness:  The consideration for each individual demonstrated by the managers is adopted by the team, making your workplace a pleasant one.

Rebecca J Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Looking to increase the productivity of your workplace? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.