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Parents Q&A – How to teach a child to give direction

Parent’s concern: Hi, my son now knows how to make requests; he can say simple phrases like “I want to play iPhone.”, “I want to watch TV.” However, he still not quite understands how to give step-by-step directions. For example, he will only say “I want coke.”, but he doesn’t know how to tell me to open it, such as “Help me open the lid.” or “Pour in the cup.” How can I teach him this skill?
Today we will go through a video clip on how to teach children to direct others in doing things.

Suggestion provided by Toby Mountjoy.
Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 20 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, he has been extensively trained by Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. Mitchell Taubman and Dr. John McEachin. Besides overseeing the Autism Partnership operation in Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines and Singapore with over 100 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, he has also provided consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as “Sense & Nonsense” and “It’s Time for School”. In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and AP School to offer more services for children with Autism.

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