Hits Others

Lining up - hits others in line

Possible reasons behind what you’re observing:

- if a child has sensory sensitivities the feel of another child brushing up against him might feel intense rather than the light touch we’d expect

- if he has trouble knowing where his body is in space, then he’ll feel unsteady and uneasy in close proximity to others

- he may not know where he’s going, even though it’s been announced and the other children know they’re heading to the gym


Some things to try:

  • place him at the back or the front of the line - at the front, he’ll have a good view of where he’s heading but at the back he’ll have the comfort of not worrying about anyone bumping him from behind
  • make sure he understands why the class is lining up and where they are going – show him, rather than tell him and don’t assume that just because you’re told the group what’s happening that he will have heard and processed your words
  • has he checked his visual schedule so he knows what comes next?
  • use a social story to explain what is expected when he is in a line
  • would a social story about where he’s going help reassure him and show him what to do?

[Autism Help Home] [About Us] [Answers] [FAQ] [Hits Others] [Wiggles in Desk] [Frustrated] [Gym and Music] [Recess] [Links & Books & Audios] [Workshops] [Search This Site] [Catalogue]