How to Create Progress (Not Perfection)

Creating Progress over Perfection for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Best Strategy for Every Age and Stage)


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Discussed in this Episode:

✅ Are you feeling overwhelmed? This is the perfect podcast for you

Slow it down break it down

The Power of One more

✅ How to use the “one more” strategy at each age and stage

✅ What is your goal for next 2 months? What to do to achieve

Small Steps NOT Giant Leaps

12 Top Tips for Keeping on Task – (pg 34 Mega Book- More Information)

✅ Importance of Routine, Repetition and Role Model

✅ Using Special Interest to Motivate (pg 33 Mega Book – More Information)

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What is your Goal?

  • One more word

  • One more sentence

  • One for minute/hour/day

  • One more subject

  • One more hour at a job

Four Laws of Behaviour Change

From the book Atomic Habits by James Clear pg 54

Law 1: Make it Obvious

Law 2: Make it Attractive

Law 3: Make it Easy

Law 4: Make it Satisfying

12 Top tips for keeping on task

(excerpt page 34 Mega Book)

1. Observe

2. Adapt tasks before the activity  (Consider backward chaining)

3. Encourage responses (whether right or wrong, do not constantly correct) (check out my Perfectionist Blog/Ep 158)

4. Show them what is expected (ie Visual examples) See pages 39-40 Mega Book

​​5. Be Organised

6. Give a Preventative Break (see Mega Book page 56)

7. Limit Choices 

8. Create a quiet area to work /set spot

9. Highlight the easiest parts first

10. Show them what to do when they make a mistake 

11. Ensure clear, concise and explicit instructions

12. Repetition, Routine & Role Model (Check out my blog on this Ep 159)

More Ideas about Creating Progress Over Perfection in my Books: 

$10 OFF Best Selling Books

by Sue Larkey | A MEGA book full of my most Popular Blogs, Tip Sheets and more in one easy to use reference! This book is for all ages and stages, for teaching neurodiverse students including Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ODD, PDA and more!

Includes index to quickly look up Topic & Tips, as well as ideas for all parts of teaching and looking after neurodiverse children. 142 pages of full colour Strategies & Tips at YOUR Fingertips.

This is the perfect book for busy teachers, teacher aides, parents and carers looking for quick tips, strategies, and solutions. 


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| by Sue Larkey & Gay von Ess | This book is full of practical ideas to give children with an ASD and other developmental delays the KEYS to learning. Teaching to play, write, draw, imitate etc. Toilet training, community access, etc. To sit, ask for help, wait, play, attention to task, sign songs, etc. Great easy to photocopy programmes.


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Great Books with Activities to Set up Routines & Repetition:

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The Ultimate Guide to School and Home

| by Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans | This book provides key strategies for all ages and stages. It offers over 500 practical strategies and timer savers for school and home from engaging disengaged students, what to do if you don't have a teacher assistant to considerations for setting up a classroom for teachers; and from developing friends, to moving house and choosing a school for families. It is the ultimate guide for teachers, parents and all professionals supporting children with autism spectrum disorder, including Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, ODD and other developmental delays.

Content pages below.

From Anxiety to Meltdown

| by Deborah Lipsky | How Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Anxiety, Experience Meltdowns, Manifest Tantrums, and How You Can Intervene Effectively. This is a MUST HAVE book!!

Behaviour Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom

| by Beth Aune, Beth Burt & Peter Gennaro | This book is a must-have for every special needs and inclusive classroom. The easy to use format allows teachers to quickly look up an in-the-moment solution and learn about what the child is communicating, and why. This book illuminates possible causes of those mysterious behaviours, and more importantly, provides solutions!

Time Timer - 20cm Medium

20cm Time Timer (Medium - previously known as large. Retains the same dimensions) | Used as an interactive teaching tool, this classroom-tested teaching aide reinforces the sense of elapsed time with a graphic depiction of the time remaining. The Time Timer can be used to set time limits, measure the duration of activities and train students to make better use of available time.

The Motor Skill Flip-Book Program

| by Sally McNamara  -  An easy-to-use resource for therapists, teachers, aides and parents. Developed by a paediatric occupational therapist in response to demand for quick and easy motor skill programs for children. Five colour-coded areas of motor development incorporating the whole body; including core strength, shoulder stability, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, and pencil control skills. 100 mix and match activities of varying degrees of difficulty that can be tailored to each child, or group of children, quickly and easily. Beneficial for children who experience handwriting difficulties as well as general coordination and motor development issues. Star system allows for evaluation of skill level and the ability to track progress and set goals.

I am an Autistic Girl

A book for young girls with autism spectrum conditions

Lizzie is an Aspie Girl - she has Asperger's Syndrome, which means that her brain works differently to her friends, and even to boys with Asperger Syndrome. In this book, Lizzie explains what it's like to be an Aspie Girl, including how she has a special talent for blending in with her friends, how she gets really tired after being at school all day, how she worries about making mistakes, and how she finds it hard to understand how she is feeling.

Kids in the Syndrome Mix

| by Martin L. Kutscher MD | Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioural disorders in children from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.

Developing Social Skills

| by Sue Larkey & Gay von Ess | A starting point for teaching and encouraging social interactions and skills for children with an autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. It is a useful concrete and visual resource which when coupled with videoing, role playing and modeling will help young primary school age children with an autism spectrum disorder to better understand the social world around them. This book includes hundreds of ideas, social stories and worksheets. It is a great resource full of time savers for home and school.

The Red Beast

| by K.I. Al-Ghani | This vibrant, fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to tame the red beast and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome.

The Complete Guide To Asperger's Syndrome

| by Dr Tony Attwood | The definitive handbook for anyone affected by AspergerÕs Syndrome (AS), it brings together a wealth of information for children through to adults. Essential reading for families and individuals as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS. This book is a must for anyone who needs to know about this condition.

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Check out my other Podcast on Creating Progress Over Perfection:

Episode 158: Why Perfectionists can get Upset Over the Smallest Things and What you can do?

Discussed in this Episode:

5 Categories of ‘things’ that can upset perfectionists

The underlying reasons why Neurodiverse students are upset by small things 

What to do

✅ Why knowing how long is so important

Range of Visuals to Use