A Behavior story is a simple description of a social situation, written from a child’s perspective. The situation is described in detail and focuses on the important social cues, events, expectations and ways for the child to react in the situation. Behavior stories are intended to be used with a child prior to an event. It is rehearsed with an adult so that when the event actually occurs, the child can use the story as a guide for behavior.
A Mini Schedule provides the child a visual support outlining steps of an event. It can be in picture, object, word or numeral format. A mini-schedule can give a sense of time and when an activity will end. Children often like to check off each item as it occurs. Knowing what and when things happen can help reduce anxiety and prevent many behavioral issues.
You can draw the pictures, write the words if the child reads, use pictures from the internet, Boardmaker visuals, or use objects. As you do each activity cross it off so the child can see what is next and when she is finished.
My friend’s daughter is 5 and was diagnosed with autism around age 2. She has trouble in public places. I am wondering if anything can help with her aggressive behavior at the doctor. A lot of the employees there have been pinched or bitten by her. Is there something that will help her feel more comfortable in public and with doctors?