Today I want to share some great resources for practicing social skills with your child. As a child on the autism spectrum, socialization is tough for my kid. He's incredibly friendly but not always appropriate and he often struggles with basic conversation. Here are some tools I've used that have helped:
A conversation menu
14 conversation skills kits for people with autism
12 activities to help your kid with social skills
A flowchart to help your child identify friendly vs. unfriendly teasing
And finally, I'm going to give a big shout-out to the Watch Me Learn series of DVD's. A former teacher suggested these to me when my son was in pre-school and they became such a terrific tool. They involve a lot of behavior modeling and even have some catchy songs to teach things like tooth brushing and tying shoes, but the social skills repetitive practice was outstanding. My son learned about proper greetings, taking turns, showing empathy, conversing in groups, and so much more. The production quality isn't half bad for a shoestring budget, and if your kid is like mine and doesn't take to them right away, put them on in the background and just let them run. Eventually, they start soaking in and you'll notice a difference.
|Ellie's journey with her son David has been one of joy, patience and discovery - one that changed the very framework in which she used to view autism. Through David's eyes, she's learned that an autism diagnosis isn't the end of the world - it's just the beginning of an interesting new one.|
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