The Autism Revolution is a book I have highlighted before by Martha Herbert. (Harvard Health Publications, 2013) Her approach to autism treatment encompasses life strategies – I make no apologies for re-creating a short, but extremely enlightening story from her book – thank you Dr Herbert.
Join your child’s world! – Judy Endow is an adult with autism – she figures several times in the book. She is an Educational Consultant. She worries she will topple over because she can’t feel herself in space. Her nervous system couldn’t process she had severe pneumonia but could only tell her doctor her feet hurt! One day she was invited to observe a disruptive young boy in class. The boy was tapping his foot loudly. The teacher explained the class needed quiet time to read and asked him to stop politely. Seconds later he was running round the class. When chased he giggled and tried to pull away. The teacher and the class was severely disrupted and the teacher had no further strategies to deal with the boy. All the teacher could do was to explain his behaviour was inappropriate. Judy tried a different approach. She took the boys hand and asked him to jump with her. After a while she asked if he had had enough – ‘no’ – ‘more’ – Judy continued to jump. After a few more minutes he was ready to stop, sit quietly and read productively for the duration of the class. Judy’s advise – if you want to make progress with this boy – stop thinking of his behaviour as bad and instead try to imagine what it is he feels he needs. What need is he trying to meet with this behaviour? Judy’s own autism and her training meant she knew that probably this boy had lost his sense of what it felt like to have a body and he was worried he would fall out of his chair. Foot tapping and running round the room meant he could re-claim his physical sensations. Jumping with this boy helped him to regain those feelings and he was able to settle down and read quietly – and more importantly learn with his classmates.
In a very simplistic way this might be a tool to support a child with autism when you try to imagine exactly how he or she is feeling at any given time.
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