Self-advocacy is SUCH an essential communication skill for all kids, but especially for our autistic kids who likely have sensory preferences or needs. Neurodiversity-affirming goals should therefore incorporate the specific needs of the child, including sensory needs.
I know I didn't learn much (or anything...!) about creating neurodiversity-affirming goals in school, and it can seem overwhelming at first. However, when we put our kids' needs first and eliminate compliance-based therapy, it makes a lot of sense.
I knew today we wouldn't get access to the school's sensory room (which is a reality, by the way! How cool is that?) so I made sure to bring materials with me that would allow for sensory breaks.
This was his first time seeing this seat spinner, so I just modelled how it can be used. I even demonstrated (or tried to demonstrate) how it can be used. Maybe one day he will use it, maybe he won't, but he will learn from me that he can always ask for his needs to be met.
by Halle Demchuk, SLP
Paediatric SLP | GLP-Trained Clinician | Owner of HAEPI SLP
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