originally posted on snagglebox.com
This means he often goes to great lengths to avoid having to make a choice, delaying it until there are no options left (even if it means ending up with a bad result).
And that’s the way it can be for a lot of autistic kids and adults.
But why is decision making so stressful? And what can you do to help?
Why is it tough?
Decision making belongs to a set of thinking skills known as executive functions, which also includes stuff like planning, organizing, attention, problem solving and the ability to multi-task. These skills are complex because they involve the bringing together of many other brain functions, just like an executive of a large corporation.
Making a decision involves a sequence of thinking skills that looks something like this:
- Understand the problem
- Think of the options
- Compare them
- Choose one
- Act on your decision
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