- Make sure teaching strategies being used are appropriate for children who are already socially engaged.
Be proactive with behavioral supports.
- Discuss involvement of behavioral or mental health professionals, and/or medications with the parents as needed.
- Firm directions, rules, and clear expectations are helpful.
Many children have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior. This is especially true when handling unplanned changes.
- Talk through expected changes.
- The child usually thrives with consistency and routine. The child can be easily upset with disruption.
- Prepare for any change in schedule.
- Provide a safe area to share emotions.
- Teach and model use of words and/or pictures in sharing emotions.
- Teach, emphasize, and reinforce behaviors you want to see.
- Make sure the child has an effective communication system.
Provide social cues and coaching.
- Provide information to and discuss differences with the child’s peers.
- Help develop confidence and focus on strengths.
- Provide positive reinforcement.
- Teach how to recognize facial expressions, body language, and moods in others.
- Teach how to regulate own body – sensory strategies may be helpful.