Autism and Completing Tasks

*This post is from personal experience and is to be used for information and educational purposes.

When my son is busy focusing on a task or going out somewhere, and then we have to move onto another thing, he finds this transition difficult. If he feels like he hasn’t completed a task, this will bother him and play on his mind for the rest of the day. He will let me know that he is not happy and will mention this over and over, thinking that I will give in and let him go back to what he was doing previously.

It all depends on the situation as to what I do. If he is genuinely anxious, then I will not push things. I always do a countdown giving him time to process any change.


puzzles at home

On Sunday, my son decided that he wanted to spend time with me to complete a puzzle together, so I grabbed the Avengers Infinity War Ravensburger Puzzle out from the cupboard. Now this puzzle is part of a pack of four puzzles, each containing 100 pieces!

There’s me thinking we were only going to put together one of the puzzles. Oh no. My son wanted us to complete all four! Don’t get me wrong, it was great bonding time, but it was a bit of a puzzle overload for me.

puzzle 1
puzzle 1
puzzle 2
puzzle 2
puzzle 3
puzzle 3
puzzle 4
puzzle 4

I actually thought that he would get all the other puzzles out, but he didn’t.

PlayStation 4

playstation controller

My son loves his computer games. He has to complete the level before he can switch off the game console. I have seen him play many games and I know that you can save some games throughout the level at saving stations. You don’t actually have to complete the whole level.

He associates different games with particular places, so at home, he likes to play the Lego games, at his dads he likes to play FIFA and at my partners he wants to play Human: Fall Flat.

He has a time limit with me as to how long he can play computer games for (mean mum). Now it’s a different story with the other two (his dad and my partner). Hours he has playing games until his heart’s content. Secretly I know it’s because the guys are also into computer games and try and deflect saying it’s for him.



My son loves his DVD collection. He is a big fan of movie trilogies. He has to have the complete set. He is very particular about where he places his DVDs. He puts his DVDs all in order, and I am not allowed to touch them. If I move one out of place, he would be able to notice this straight away.


asking questions

My son does not feel complete until he has asked me what feels like one hundred questions per day. Seriously it isn’t that much, but close!

What my son does is save most of the questions that he has throughout the day for me. I have asked him why he doesn’t ask his teachers all these questions, and he said because I’m his mum and I’m supposed to know everything.

He waits until I am in my car and driving to ask me the most random questions. Mum, what was the first movie ever made? How many creatures are there in the ocean? Why do we need eyebrows?

I’m glad that he does ask questions as it shows that he wants to learn and understand something that he does not already know.

Are there any tasks you have to complete otherwise it will bother you for the rest of the day?

Related Posts:

Autism and Sleep

Autism and Emotions 

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