So where do you start? Here are some
areas to focus on.
communicate. Signing Exact English
and picture cards were my favorite
of pictures they wore fastened to their
ability, you may want to start with photographs, because line drawings can be
too abstract for younger or more developmentally delayed children.
Another reason communication is
important is that it cuts down on negative behavior. Always remember:
Behavior is communication.
• Keep things predictable. I know we
homeschoolers love our freedom, but
structure is extremely important for
crave sameness. Fashion a schedule
board with pictures, and allow the
child to remove the picture of an activ-
ity when it has been completed. Struc-
just predictability in routines.
obsessed on toy police cars. We counted
them, made letters with them in the
sand, and read about them. Use what
your child loves to open a door to learning. Homeschoolers are great at this.
so create clear physical boundaries.
they were little, the boys sat in a banana
box during story time. Sometimes I put
to give them a visual signal of where
they were to stay. My goal was for them
to sit in one area, one minute per their
age. Three years old = three minutes.
We worked with the wiggles, but in
adulthood, sitting still will be expected,
Also create clear boundaries in how
you set up your learning space by
arranging bookshelves and tables in
little cubicle areas. The child is then
able to expect certain activities in
• Clear beginnings and endings. One
assignment or activity in a separate
box. When he is finished, the child
places the activity or assignment in
the box and that serves as a signal
for him to go to the next activity. I
sometimes used a card exchange system. When one of the boys finished
an activity, he brought me the picture
or card representing that assignment
and I traded it for a picture of the
System would work well with this
them throwing themselves down in
museums and libraries. However, the
more a child is exposed to stressful situations such as a mega grocery store,
Adults must go to stores.
ABOVE LEFT: Serving—laying a floor in a Sunday School room at church. TOP RIGHT: First it was bicycles. Then it was mopeds. Age 16.
Use what your child loves to open a door to learning.
LOWER RIGHT: Riding motorcycles with Mom and Dad—great sensory input therapy!