Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How To Make Choices Easier

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Max has a tough time making decisions. In fact, asking him to choose makes him so anxious that it can rapidly escalate to the point of meltdown, even with apparently simple yes/no questions.

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:
  1. Understand the problem
  2. Think of the options
  3. Compare them
  4. Choose one
  5. Act on your decision
Let’s take a look at how autistic skill sets and cognitive styles can impact each of these steps.

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