This series of posts on “Ten Things” is based on the article “Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew.”

“Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented.  Please show me how to do something rather than just telling me.” 

With Alyssa, as with many special needs kids, if you start spilling out a stream of words, you’ll see her eyes slowly go blank.  Too many words and she won’t have any idea what you’re talking about.

It’s also hard for her to understand several directions unless you show her.  You can’t say “Go take a shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, and eat breakfast.”  But something that has helped a lot in the past is an idea one of Alyssa’s teachers implemented many years ago (and something recommended in this article).  We take pictures of everything she does to get ready in the morning and make a picture book for her. That way, after some practice, she can follow the pictures to know what it is she needs to do each morning.  It’s just one way we can visually demonstrate things for her rather than speaking words that often go over her head.