A visual schedule is a word, picture, or object sequencing of events. A visual schedule can give a sense of time and when an activity will end. Knowing what and when things happen can prevent many behavioral issues. Interruption and redirection is a term typically used to decrease stereotypic behaviors and redirect the behaviors to a more appropriate, alternative behavior. Typically a physical or verbal blocking is used block a person from engaging in the repetitive behavior. In this case use of a structured verbal choice question will be utilized. In addition, attention will be provided only when the child is engaged in appropriate replacement behaviors, without attention provided to the repetitive behavior. A structured choice question is an intervention that gives a student a sense of control over a situation by providing choices. Structured choice interventions are used to prevent, de-escalate or redirect interfering behaviors.
I am a family member of a teenage girl with autism. She regularly walks around repeating the same phrases over and over again, much to the dismay of her peers and family members. Repeating it back to her or saying we heard her does not stop it. How do we reduce this? Is this a form of echolalia? Ex: Her cousin is coming to pick her up for an appointment. “I have an appointment at 10:00, my cousin is coming at 10:00 to pick me up, at 10:00 we are leaving for the appointment…” Help!