PROBLEM:Kyle’s mother attempts to take him with her when she does her Saturday morning shopping. She does not follow a set routine, but shops at different stores, depending on her needs. When they drive past certain stores Kyle becomes upset if she doesn’t stop.SOLUTION:Creating a little book of pictures of the typical places they stop (grocery store, dry cleaners, hardware store, etc.) helped Kyle’s mother give him more information during their travels. She opened the book to show Kyle the picture of where they were going next. Seeing where they were going helped Kyle understand better than if she just told him. Mom also put pictures of Kyle’s favorite fast food restaurant and a couple of treats in the book. If the plan was to make two stops and then stop for lunch, Mom could rearrange the pictures to show Kyle the sequence of events for that excursion, creating a mini-schedule.
Taking advantage of current technology, Mom could also take some pictures with her phone and use her phone as the communication tool.