Autism and Completing Tasks

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When my son is busy focusing on a task or going out somewhere, and then we have to move onto another thing, he finds this transition difficult. If he feels like he hasn’t completed a task, this will bother him and play on his mind for the rest of the day. 


completing a puzzle.

On Sunday, my son decided that he wanted to spend time with me to complete a puzzle together, so I grabbed the Avengers Infinity War Ravensburger Puzzle out from the cupboard. Now this puzzle is part of a pack of four puzzles, each containing 100 pieces!

There’s me thinking we were only going to put together one of the puzzles. Oh no. My son wanted us to complete all four! Don’t get me wrong, it was great bonding time, but it was a bit of a puzzle overload for completing the task.


PlayStation Controller.

He loves his computer games and must complete the level before he can switch off the game console. I have seen him play many games and I know that you can save some games throughout the level at saving stations. You don’t have to complete the whole level.

Most times, he associates different games with places, so at home, he likes to play the Lego games, at his dads he likes to play FIFA and at my partners he wants to play Human: Fall Flat.



In terms of completing tasks, my son loves his DVD collection. It is acknowledged that he is a big fan of movie trilogies and must have the complete set. He is very particular about where he places his DVDs. He puts his DVDs all in order, and I am not allowed to touch them. If I move one out of place, he would be able to notice this straight away.


asking questions.

My son does not feel complete until he has asked me what feels like one hundred questions per day. Seriously it isn’t that much, but close!

What my son does is save most of the questions that he has throughout the day for me. I have asked him why he doesn’t ask his teachers all these questions, and he said because I’m his mum and I’m supposed to know everything.

He waits until I am in my car and driving to ask me the most random questions. Mum, what was the first movie ever made? How many creatures are there in the ocean? Why do we need eyebrows?

I’m glad that he does ask questions as it shows that he wants to learn and understand something that he does not already know. He also asks questions for reassurance.

Are there any tasks you need to complete otherwise it will bother you for the rest of the day?

Disclaimer: This blog is from personal experience and is to be used for information and educational purposes.

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