I'm hoping that you can give me some more ideas for strategies for a child I'm supporting. Today, it took 20mins and then 3 people to get this boy out of our setting and into his car (and I've just spoken to his mum who said that he had a total meltdown in the car and has taken him an hour to calm down). We've got a visual timetable which I go through with him and we take off all of the symbols, him saying each and doing the sign for finished. There is a symbol for home and a picture of him smiling with his mum. He has his coat and bag on ready and I say very clearly 'hometime' - this has worked brilliantly since we had problems in September but this week it has gone pear-shaped. He cries and runs under the table. I use simple language and the home sign and have asked his mum to use simple language but she doesn't and starts negotiating with him using lots of words, and today left him under the table whilst she was talking to other people. Do you think it's because of her lack of clarity (I don't mean to sound harsh - I understand how hard it is for her since I'm the mother of an ASD child myself) and I should re-emphasise how important it is for her to be clear and firm with him? What other strategies could I use? Thanks in advance, it's really distressing for all involved.