Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dynamic Thinking Experiment



I never realized how limited Javi's ability to solve simple problems that require some amount of dynamic thinking. Problem solving like this occurs on a daily basis with out even realizing it. We tend to take this ability for granted, but for some children with an ASD this type of problem solving can be difficult when they are accustomed to static or rote responses.

We have not begun RDI or had any type of parent training on how to structure goals for RDI. The only training I have had on the subject is from a 2-day parent training conference and reading information on the internet. I just thought it would be an experiment to gage how fast or slow Javi could come up with an answer to a problem that required dynamic thinking. We are hoping to begin RDI soon.

2 comments:

~Mama Skates~ said...

wow - i feel like i'm watching a convo between jaden & i! sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get them to come up with a solution that seems so obvious to us! and usually, it's easier to just give them the solution, instead of waiting on them to come up with one....i'm sooooo excited to hear more about RDI!

sharon

Shanna Grimes said...

The stuff I learned about RDI this weekend totally changed how I think about Autism. I've been doing little experiments here and there. Ethan is able to solve a lot of the challenges put forth with minimal "scaffolding" which is what they call it. Javi just wants to wait for a prompt or wait for me to tell him exactly what to do. I basically have to give away the answer.

For Javi, it will take a while for remidiation, since we have to undo all the bad habits.

This experiment was pretty surprising. A typical child Javi's age would be able to solve this problem in seconds.