Changes in schedule can be very upsetting to our students on the autism spectrum. We always teach this “skill” at the beginning of the year, before an upsetting schedule change actually happens. We read this story and then do some practice changes, associating them with super fun things or even pairing with preferred activities. The same can go for being late. I have a student who if he is late, is terrified to join in the group because of all the things he’s missed. We reiterate that he will be able to make up any missed work later. It is a little problem. The opposite is the unexpected behavior that the student does not join the class when late. We also provide gentle reminders of using our coping skills to help us stay calm – HELPFUL THOUGHTS and BELLY BREATHING.