Believe they understand

Sometimes, we believe our kids with autism won’t be able to follow instructions simply because they are not good communicators.

Yesterday, I started with that belief as I played with Nathan and a plastic balloon. But then I decided, I will give him instructions and believe that he can understand it despite his urges to pop the plastic balloon. Instructions were: The plastic balloon is very fragile. If he squeezes it, it will pop instantly. He has to hold it gently to be able to play with it.

Without me controlling his hands (or stopping him from squeezing, which I was sure would happen) he held the balloon ever so gently!

…after 5 minutes, he popped it out of curiosity 🙂