Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Don't Assume I Know What To Do

Last week while flagging the Battle At the Brickyard I had a situation that I think everyone that knows on the spectrum should know and that is you want us to do something you have to make it clear and not assume we know what comes next.

The rules for the races states that if a driver causes a yellow flag three times they are out of the race. The rulebook states that, "A driver with three strikes may be shown the black flag".

The first time a driver go three strikes I heard it over the radio and didn't do anything about. The race director is able to talk to all the drivers over a one way radio system so I thought I didn't have to do anything.

After a couple of these situations the race director asked me if I was ever going to black flag a driver. He kept saying that driver X had three strikes, but he didn't finish the line for me. To me I thought he was simply stating a fact and not implying that I needed the display the black flag.

Eventually I learned the routine, but this is something that I have experienced forever. If I haven't done something before and I get directions they must be spelled out because I will be unable to put two and two together.

If you ever ask something of a person on the spectrum spell it out in what you want them to do exactly. Had the race director, the first time, said, "that's three strikes, black flag them" then I would have known exactly what to do.

So many confusing situations in my life would have been avoided had I had the few words like sentence above that said, "black flag them". Something so simple can avoid confusion because I need to know exactly what to do. If not I will start processing what I should be doing and that might take several minutes and then whatever it was that I should have done is now long gone.

So this is a simple request; if you want me to do something just say it and don't assume I am going to know what you want from me without stating it fully. Doing this will prevent headaches, confusion, and tomfoolery.

1 comment:

  1. If you have a license and are doing my line of work, the supervisor and/or coworkers may give you some tutorial on the "essential information" you have to start with (though not in super concrete way, as they assume you may already know from your prior experiences). Then, you may be on your own soon after that through your clinical skills and/or reading up on the clients' charts.

    My intention of this comment is to open your eyes a little bit. :)