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Friday, April 22, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: JASPER Mommy and Me 9: Dysregulation and Troubleshooting

This weeks topic was especially interesting to me as he dysregulates easily sometimes. By modifying situations I see him in I know that I can prevent this from happening as often. So having even more information on how my Little Cricket is acting and why will hopefully help me keep him more and more regulated, and therefore more engaged in whatever we are doing.

The first goal is to try and prevent behaviors before they start. Being proactive is so much easier than being reactive to a situation with a toddler on the spectrum. Often times the thing I want to do intuitively isn’t what is best to help my son. By giving a child visual supports in the form of schedules, calendars or countdown timers you are offering anticipation to move onto let’s say another activity. By removing distractions you are offering a cleaner more focused environment in which they can do their best. By fitting in planned breaks and down time you are offering time to let the child have a few minutes to them.

The second goal happens once a child becomes dysregulated. You have to ask yourself why they are doing what they are doing and what it is the child wants. It may not always be obvious. It could be for social attention (even negative attention is wanted), to escape an unwanted task, or even just a sensory break.

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