Originally Posted by ANGDAD
Probably another funny question but should a two year old understand the concept of "just a second" or "after I do this?"
If our son wants pancakes for example, he will use his word for pancakes and say it over and over and over. If my wife says "just a second" or "after I pick this up", he typically freaks out like we're not going to make them.
Is he supposed to understand the concept of "wait a minute" at this age??
This is just friendly advice not professional.
I currently work in primary and secondary schools in the UK as Autism Intervention. This means I go to a school for 3 weeks and set things up working alongside the class teacher and teaching assistant to model how to help kids with ASD in school.
Your question regarding 'waiting' is that the child is frustrated as he/she does not think you understand what they are asking because you are not doing what they ask immediately.
I usually start with photographs that I use as a timetable so at school it would be for a morning session of a reception aged child 4-5 years:
register, choosing (and seperate pics of toys such as sand, water, puzzles)
carpet time, story time, lunch.
Each symbol/picture is removed after each activity and verbally reinforced that next is ..... if the child asks or goes to the colouring desk, visually reinforce the activity symbol and simplified language eg. work first THEN colouring.
You may want to use a timetable at home as it can be very benefitial as it makes the evening predictable so it could read:
snack, computer, drawing, tidy up time, teatime, pancakes, reading, supper, bath, bedtime.
Each symbol is removed after each activity showing that you will make pancakes, just not at this minute!!
Alternitively, use a sand timer for visual reinforcement. They are bought from educational catalougues though.
I am currently training a boy to sit on the carpet with peers for 10 minutes with the timer, which he is now doing very nicely and gets to play with the trains after. I have done this for years and the older boys I started this with now sit in assembly without carpet spots or books or timers.
If you need any other information, please pm me.