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How to help ASD child understand time?

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amunt Thu 07-Jan-16 10:06:34

Ds, 4.5 yrs, has problems understanding ideas around time. He's fine with minutes and hours, but struggles with the idea of days - he'll say things like 'is it tomorrow yet?' 'is it a new day yet?' 'did I get up today?'.

Any suggestions on how to help him grasp the concept of days ending and new ones beginning?


ouryve Thu 07-Jan-16 10:12:44

If he sleeps well at night, then you can use the concept of "sleeps until" eg 3 sleeps until Christmas.

Marking days off on a calender can also be useful.

DS2 seems to have twigged days of the week through the CBeebies songs. I don't know if they're online, but you can use them to emphasise "today in Thursday, yesterday was Wednesday." and give a reference point, much like using a number line.

PolterGoose Thu 07-Jan-16 10:12:54

When ds was that age we had a huge home made wall planner split into days. We marked significant days with symbols and had a movable marker to mark 'today'.

Some children find it easier to talk about number of 'sleeps' rather than number of 'days' too!

I would probably think about ways of using visuals to show various aspects of time. A year planner with clear months. A calendar with clear weeks and days. A weekly planner which shows what you do each day. Maybe even a daily schedule by hour.

amunt Thu 07-Jan-16 18:48:00

Thanks guys! I've started using 'sleeps' and he definitely seems to get it more. Also going to look at put a movable marker on calendar.

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