Again, the teacher, using the ‘playing clueless‘ technique, says “Oh! Ok let’s cross the street!” This continues so that the students aren’t simply following along because when they are on their own, they will not have a teacher to follow. Dr. Tippy gives the scenario when a student who takes the subway to school every day confronts a service disruption. If they can’t figure out what to do next, they’re stuck.
Dr. Tippy jokes that his dream is to meet up with his students one day in the future and have them say to him, “When I was younger, I thought you were so slow!”
By feigning ignorance, or playing clueless, Dr. Tippy allows the student to come up with a thought or idea on his/her own, and with practice at doing this, the student gains more confidence across situations to think and figure out what comes next when stumped.
Dave Nelson discusses the "process"
“It’s very incremental work.”
Until next week… here’s to affecting autism through play!