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How do you teach a teenager (13) the concept of time?

My daughter has special needs and the concept of time just doesn't comprehend with her. Looking for suggestions not to childish to teach her that there is time constraints sometimes. How to get ready for appt.'s and be there on time.

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Asked by Sandy9 at 6:10 AM on Aug. 8, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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  • i think she'll have to be late a few times and miss something she really wants for her to realize its that important. also, when theres something or someone waiting for her, explain how its not fair for her to use up their time as well.

    Answer by fefe87 at 6:12 AM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Tell her dinner is at 5pm. If she is not their to eat at 5 . Tell her why she has to wait tell 6. Any thing that you can put a time to, do it. Tell her about time all the time. Like you want to go to the store but it does not open tell 10 am. And show her when that is.

    Answer by louise2 at 6:55 AM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Can you use a timer for some things, like setting it when she is getting ready to go somwhere and she has to be ready to walk out the door when it goes off? Or she has to have her breakfast eaten by the time it goes off? etc

    Answer by elizabr at 8:17 AM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • By letting her "miss" things. "OOps, you missed the start of the movie - remember, we talked that we were starting the movie at 8?", "I'm sorry that dinner is cold, but you missed dinnertime - remember, dinner begins at 6." That sort of thing. She'll learn to connect the abstract idea of time with concrete events like watching a movie.

    Answer by justnancyb at 8:55 AM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Get a digital watch with timer that beeps and teach her to set it at 10 minutes before she needs to be in the car. (or what ever interval you feel comfortable with).

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 10:32 AM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Ask one of her special need teachers how to teach her that concept. It is going to be more difficult to teach her that concept when she may not understand like a "normally" functioning child her age. I would not let her miss meals or things like that. Using meals as a punishment or reward is not acceptable.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:08 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • use your timer just before a meal let her see it she will get it in time

    Answer by dutchcanadain at 5:24 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • The timer idea is a good. Mine is only 6 but the concept of time is beyond him even though he can tell time easily. We use timers for just about everything. because he can't establish time, he does to go in the opposite direction and just assume that he doesn't have enough time, so we often have to challenge him to beat the timer. We are seeing results, slowly.

    Answer by Liansmommie at 3:36 AM on Aug. 9, 2010

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