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Practicing Social Skills with Your Child

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Autism Therapy Group

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Understanding social cues and having appropriate social skills is incredibly important yet challenging for those with special needs. Just like with any skill, practice makes perfect – check our list of activities you can practice with your child to enhance his or her awareness of social cues and allow your child to run through these actions in a safe and supportive environment.

Not only will practicing these skills be a bonding experience with your child, but it will show him or her that you care while boosting confidence.
 
Interpreting emotions
 

No matter where your child goes – home, school, the cafeteria, playground, soccer field, or out at the mall – it’s imperative to be able to pick up on emotions and understand them correctly. By understanding emotional faces and body language, your child will be able to appropriately respond to various social situations.
 

Imitation:
 
A simple way to work on emotions if to make a face or show body language associated with a certain feeling; then have your child imitate you. You can start off with something silly and goofy to keep the mood light and fun.

imitation
 

Understanding idioms
 

Picking up on idioms can be challenging for children, and for those on the autism spectrum, idioms are downright confusing. To help your child understand the difference between a literal statement and an idiom and to understand what those idioms mean, try some activities with them.

 

  • Books:
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  • Take a trip your library and check out books on idioms. Try this list for a great, fun way to teach idioms from The Best Children’s Book site.
  • books

 

Eye contact
 

Establishing solid eye contact creates interest in conversation and shows confidence. Try these activities to practice strong and appropriate eye contact.
 

  • Sticker on the forehead:
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  • This idea comes from Children Succeed. Put a sticker in the middle of your forehead (you can use a sticker of eyes if you want!) and encourage your child to look at the sticker during conversation. Many people find direct eye contact intimidating, so this is a great stepping stone to train them to look in the right direction in a less threatening way.
  • eye-contact

 

  • Staring contest:
     

    When practicing social skills, why not make a game or contest out of it? Have a friendly staring contest with your child, or if he or she is competitive, it could turn into a serious competition! Let the games begin.

How do you practice social skills with your child? What activities or strategies work for you?

Autism Resources for Teachers

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Autism Therapy Group

teachers

When it comes to school, students are often with their teachers for more time than they are with their parents.  For parents of children with autism, their teachers’ understanding of autism, how to reach and challenge their child, and how to meet their child’s emotional and social needs are especially important.

Use these resources complied by the National Education Association to stay comprised on all things autism, from general information and instructional methods to helpful techniques and activities and materials, this will be your ultimate go-to list for helpful information.
 
AUTISM INFORMATION
 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND HELPFUL TECHNIQUES
 

 

ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS
 

 

© Created especially by ASA for use by the NEA and its members. Resources are listed in accordance with ASA’s Options Policy.

As a teacher, how do you meet the needs of your autistic students? What training, development, or resources do you find helpful?