The goal at school, like at home, is flexibility. Teachers are used to preparing students for upcoming changes. They use calendars, daily announcements, and notes on the chalkboard. The real challenge comes with unpredictable changes. Teachers can set up unexpected changes that are small and ones she thinks the Asperger’s Disorder child will be able to handle. Small things such as using a different color chalk, taking roll call backwards, and having a surprise treat are small changes that can help the child experience change in a safe way. Prompting for changes in activities by counting down, such as announcing ten, five, and one minutes before the bell rings helps the child prepare himself for the upcoming change.
Your teacher can also talk about things that “might” happen. For example, begin reviewing fire drill procedures on Monday for the upcoming Friday drill. In very early elementary years, teachers have their class practice for the fire drill before it happens so that when it comes they are prepared. The Asperger’s Disorder child needs this type of preparation far longer than his peers.