Nutty therapy idea that worked!
Help improve the attention span of your child with autism

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Hey all,

Welcome again to our new readers out there!

Apologies that I wasn’t able to send out my regular weekly tip last week. I was fortunate to have a few days off with my family which was a very nice break.

This week I thought I would share with you a new and slightly ‘nutty’ therapy idea that I only trialed for the very first time this week. Because each of the children I treat are so unique, I’m constantly testing and trialing new therapy strategies to find out what works and what doesn’t in order to get the breakthroughs and results that families are desperate to see.

So I really wanted to share this one with you because it worked wonders for this client of mine, Sam.

It still blows me away how incredible it is that such a small change in therapy can make such a huge difference.

Sam is a visually distracted 5 year old boy with autism. He interacts and communicates very well but the moment that something catches his eye he is compelled to go and check it out. This can be very frustrating when we are trying to work on his ability to maintain attention and develop a great connection with him. Sound familiar?

Room Full of Toys

To address this we needed to somehow get rid of all of the clutter in his play room to minimise as many distractions as possible. But as most of you will appreciate, mess and clutter are a natural part of having a child and you can’t simply lock everything away in a big box every time your child gets distracted by something new!

In Sam’s case this was no different. It simply wasn’t possible to have a room in his house completely clutter free… so we needed to think a little creatively….a little outside the box ;)

The solution was simple but effective.

Arrow

We decided to use a TENT!

Yes a tent! One of those very large, light weight, collapsible sunshade tents that you might take to the beach, that you can just spring open anywhere.

We faced the opening towards the wall and filled it with comfy pillows so that it was a fun, enticing and reassuring place to spend time in. Sam loved it! And better still he was able to concentrate and focus on a single activity for nearly twenty minutes without being tempted by all the other objects in the room.

Previously without the tent his best time had only been about 5 minutes.
So a 400% improvement… not bad for a few minutes of creative thinking :)

It really was the perfect solution.

To be honest, I was blown away with this dramatic improvement and you can be sure that I will be remembering this therapy idea for many years to come!

Till next week.
Happy Connecting

Monique

P.S For many, many more great therapy techniques and ideas just like this one, please check out my Autism Essentials DVD Training Program.

P.P.S Got any terrific ideas or tips that have worked with your child?? Please leave us a comment below.

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  1. bhem says:

    i am a mother with a special child, i want to have a copy of the cd’s but i dont know how to order. Please let me know. thank you so much.

  2. Hi bhem

    To order one of my training Dvds, or the Complete Series please visit our online store at http://www.autism-essentials.com/shop then click on the items you would like to order and add them to your “Shopping Cart”. Once you are ready to order simply click “checkout” to finalize your order.

    The easiest way to pay is with a credit card or via a Paypal account if you have one. We also offer other payment options for people without credit cards.

    If you have any troubles or have any questions please email me via our contact us page at http://www.autism-essentials.com/contact.php

    thx
    Monique

  3. mila says:

    Hi
    I am a student and am currently doing my ICT GCSE and was wondering if i could have your permission to use this image as part of my coursework.
    Thank you.

  4. connie says:

    I work for a company that works for mental disorders. I dont know how to keep most of our clients attention on. I run a special program for autism. I try to teach them how to commuicate with their PECS book. But i can’t keep some them focused long enough. Do you have any suggestions?
    Connie

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