To teach choice making, start by offering two items simultaneously to someone with a clear preference for one over the other. Offer something like ice cream together with something the individual clearly doesn't like, such as carrots. Again, do this repetitively. Say: "You choose."
Once the concept of choosing is understood, you can begin to offer more subtle choices. Choice boards for learning coping skills can be very helpful.
Other ideas for choosing:
- choices for mealtime or snack
- choices to redirect behavior
Be creative! The list of possibilities is endless.