1. Address the closet. Mainstream it as much as possible. Picking clothes needs to be simple & not overwhelming.
|This is Ethan's closet.We have removed the closet doors|
to prevent a frustration/trigger.
My next step is to remove his winter clothes
because it adds too much visual stimulation.
|My husband labeled Ethan's |
dresser drawers with text & pictures.
2. Set up a bathroom hygiene routine. For us that is basically brushing teeth & hair...both of which Ethan does NOT like to do. So, we have come up with a plan....
|We let Ethan pick out his own tooth brush & toothpaste. This toothbrush plays a song that plays while Ethan brushes his teeth. When the song stops, he can stop brushing. We also have one that lights up with the same concept. I also like this toothpaste that he choose because it's not as messy for him to put paste on his brush.|
3. Use a daily visual schedule. This helps our kiddo so much, and it has prevented so many meltdowns. A word of caution though....if you have something planned in your day that causes your child has high anxiety, I would be cautious about HOW you put it up on the board. For example, the doctor's office. Put up the doctor's office square, but follow it with something that your child loves like swimming, going to the park, or driving through for french fries. Balance it out & try not to make a big deal over.....what you KNOW is a big deal in their minds. Play it cool, man!