Choices and Autism Spectrum Disorder Worksheet

Video & audio overview of the worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Decision-making can be an overwhelming experience for individuals on the spectrum. Learning how to make a choice and think about that choice is a valuable skill that should be encouraged right from childhood.

Allowing a child to make simple choices such as what snack they want for lunch or which outfit they would like to wear instills confidence in their ability to make bigger choices later on. Sometimes the more options there are the greater the stress linked to the choice. Therefore, offering a set number of options (two or three) that are clearly explained is helpful – especially when the individual is learning how to make choices.

This worksheet moves a step further than offering choices. As individuals progress in their reflective and analytic skills they can reflect upon the process of their choice-making and improve their approach for future choices.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet offers a two-step approach to the development of a choice-making process for an individual on the spectrum.

This worksheet will help an individual develop their decision-making skills over time, which increases self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence.

How to use the worksheet?

When working through this worksheet yourself or with your child, it is a good idea to start by simply offering the two or three options to choose from. Using the template provided you can write the options out or use pictures to represent the options.

Once an individual is comfortable making the choice and they can engage in a reflective process (either on their own or with guidance) they can move on to completing the table. It is recommended that the table is kept for choices that have natural consequences or ones that were particularly difficult to make. Completing this table for every choice made can become overwhelming and will make the individual resistant to completing it at all.

Remember that when a reflection is done, it is done with curiosity and kindness. The aim is not to judge the choice made, but rather to be proud that you made a choice and look for any opportunities to grow and improve in the future.

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References

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Wilkinson, L. (2024). Decision-Making Problems In Adults With ASD. https://livingautism.com/decision-making-problems-adults-asd/