TAKING TURNS IMPROVES BEHAVIOR
Dr. James Mc Donald, Professor Emeritus, Speech & Language Pathology, Ohio State University
After knowing many children on the spectrum over several years, I find that the ones who take turns and communicate back and forth are the ones who are better behaved than ones who dominate interactions without taking turns. When a child takes turns he is regulating himself and controlling his impulses to do anything he wants. By taking turns, he not only learns more from others but he learns to handle his urges which, unleashed, can create disturbances. He also learns the important lifelong rule of fairness.
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