How to teach impulse control?
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|Thu, 03-25-2010 - 1:44pm|
When Graham gets an idea stuck in his head......look out. He'll find some way to act on it.
The boys have been very excited about a camping trip that is planned for June. There's been a lot of play centered around it. Getting the sleeping bags out, walking around with backpacks on, setting up 'tents', etc.
Well, Graham scoured that house and found the small stash of matches, that I didn't even know we had, and tried to start a fire in the backyard. Fortunately, he doesn't know how to use matches and was unable to get them to light because he was rubbing them on the wrong surface. We only found out about this because he stuffed a pack of matches in his pocket and it fell out. The main event happened while we were out for an hour and a babysitter was there - an adult who had to contend with Anson having an accident that night.
He's had his consequence meted out, but I'm at a loss at how to get him to *stop* for a moment and *think* about whether what he's doing is a good idea or not. Obviously that's not in his skill set. We'll be having more discussions about this event, but I was wondering if anyone had some ideas or tips in teaching kids about how to slow down and think about the consequences of their actions before they get into them.
Yeesh! Aspies and their driven focus!
Andrea, mom to