One of the most important things for teaching a new subject was breaking it down. And that's also thinking about it beforehand. Thinking about what the steps are, so you not just not sitting down with the toy and trying to work it out with him. You think about it beforehand ~
- what exactly do I want him to accomplish with this toy
- how many steps are involve
- how do I get from here to there
Therefore, when I have it really cleared in my head what I want him to do with this object, it's much clearer for him, it's easier for me to teach him if I know what I want of the object.
It's really difficult because you keep having to introduce this material and to keep it out and fresh for him because any child, perhaps more a child with autism. They have a level of interest and then is they're saturated, it's gone. So, it's keeping so much material around and so much stuff in the house, which is hard for any parent. But it still pays off and worth it.
When reading about raising kids, they tell you to talk to them all the time, read the newspaper, read books, and constantly talk to them ~ these are the complete opposite with an autistic child because these are just noise to them. You have to break things down to really small pieces. You can't expect a child with autism to sit down and understand how to play (e.g. Playdough) - this too abstract for him.
For families living with ADHD or autism. Preventing meltdowns is everything. Goally reduces stress by enabling kids to complete routines independently goalie reinventing routines.