Engines are like greetings; they get the train going. Freight wagons are like different speakers’ turns; it is good to have at least a few when you are in conversation. A set of points guiding a train from one track to another is like a tactful change in the topic of conversation. When a conversation veers off-topic it is like a derailed train. As well as attractive colour photographs of trains, the book contains engaging photocopiable worksheets and colouring pages to help promote skill generalisation. Just like anyone else, children with autism spectrum disorder often respond well to positive reinforcement. That means when you praise them for the behaviors they’re doing well, it will make them (and you) feel good. Be specific, so that they know exactly what you liked about their behavior. Find ways to reward them, either with extra playtime or a small prize like a sticker.
- The author struggles with carrying on a conversation with others, but desperately wants to improve.
- It is exhausting for him to deal with other aspects of his autism and concentrate on a conversation.
- He worries about how he is perceived during conversations, and feels he is often misunderstood.
“The one thing that does need to change is the way I appear to other people.”