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Making your kid's with Autism to learn by copying

Hi friends, today I am going to share my experience of how I succeeded in making my kid learn by copying.

How do kids normally learn? One of the biggest forms of learning is just by imitation/copying parents or friends. The way those around the kids eat, talk, dress etc. However, kids with Autism finds difficult to copy others. In my own experience I tried so many ways to make my son to copy / to initiate an activity. For example by doing some action in front of him and encouraging him to copy, taking him to park and showing other kids etc. But it all ended up with great disappointment.

When we observed our son fully, we understood that he likes to look at pictures in the book, watch TV ads and cartoon Rhymes. He understands the flash cards and visual timetable.

This gave us an idea of showing something which involves kids. As a first step we showed him movie songs with children dancing. When he started showing interest, we made him to choose his favourite song by offering him choices. Miraculously, he started to interact with very small sounds. The sounds were usually sounding closer to the song he liked. For example, there is a song called Choo Choo Mari. My son started saying something like “choo choo” first.

Gradually we extended this technique by showing him the Nursery Rhymes sung by kids at home environment. This is very natural and my kid was able to relate with the kids singing in such rhymes. The Cartoon rhymes never had such an effect. We had downloaded the rhymes from YOUTUBE

If you want to download and save a song from youtube, go to www.savevid.com. Mostly the downloaded file will be in .flv or .MP4 format. VLC player will support these formats.

Surprising thing about this method is, now our son starts to copy the actions besides words from the Rhymes. Now he can twinkle his hands for Twinkle Twinkle little Star and he can hum fully the “ BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP” rhymes.

Nowadays he shows more interest to watch these rhymes, rather than watch TV Ads and Animated Rhymes. When we discussed this with our Speech Therapist, she extended this idea and suggested making our own videos with small request like “SIT DOWN”, “GIVE WATER” etc. She told us that this will help the kids to understand the request contextually. But I haven’t tried this method yet. I am planning to try this as soon as possible. I am sure this will take him to the next level of his speech.

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