It’s always a crap shoot when we decide to do something with Cece that she has never done before. Diagnosed with ASD (Autism), Cece loves structure and not being in new situations. However, I have found a couple little tricks that make it easier for her to adjust to and be prepared for what’s coming.
1) verbally discuss what’s going to happen. She gets overstimulated and doesn’t like surprising sounds or super loud noises (unless she is expecting them). I talk about everything she might see (kids falling, kids crying, music playing over the speakers). I cap it at the things that are for sure going to take place – no need stressing her out saying that a fire truck might drive by, or whatever.
2) show her a video of what we are doing. In this case there is Mickey Mouse Christmas show that has Minnie Mouse ice skating so we prepared her with that. From teaching, we called this our anticipatory set… and I really think it made Cece EXCITED (instead of fearful). So… it worked! She loved it and had a great time! Even when she goes to the park (which she loves) she is always fine to leave without throwing a fit. But it broke my little heart to see her show sadness when it was time to leave.
Oh well… guess we’ll have to go back!
Talk to you soon,