Working with individuals with autism, I often find that I have to “make do” in my teaching and my coaching. They bring unexpected, unique questions and situations that need to be addressed. Often I have to implement strategies I’ve never tried before, or have never thought of before. It’s crucial to be flexible and resourceful. I tell people that my classes are not “curriculum-driven,” but instead, they’re “driven by the individuals who make up the class.” We encounter unexpected situations during almost every session, but are able to successfully address them through flexibility and resourcefulness, learning to laugh at ourselves along the way.
Sometimes we can control our setting and the outcomes. Other times we need to “make do,” with staffing, financial resources, materials, and other things. Being flexible and resourceful can improve the outcomes for both us, and for the people we’re working with!
Best wishes for successful outcomes as you “make do” this week!