By Jessy McCulloch, Autism Home Support Services
“It often seems like children with autism don’t want to connect and engage with you,” says Chris Robinson, an occupational therapist who worked with the kids in a York University study focusing on DIR/Floortime therapy. “They actually do want to connect. It’s just that interaction is often overwhelming for them because of their difficulty processing sensory information.”
How many of you as parents have experienced that oh-so-frustrating lack of connection or a perceived lack of connection? In this article, you can read some elaborations on the 3 best ways to help parents build more two-way interaction with kids who have autism.
From Robinson and his colleagues, in 3 short steps, to build interaction:
- Tailor your approach
- Build on what they’re doing
- Take breaks
You can start utilizing these tips right at home and right away! Do you have any tips of your own? What’s worked to foster more two-way interaction in your home? Please share them in the comments!