Kids on the autism spectrum often do not give and receive compliments in accordance with social expectation. They might like something someone said, or something someone did, but they often fail to follow up with a positive, validating statement. Or, instead of saying nothing, children with ASD might make blunt declarations of opinion. Kids with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders can get so much better at giving compliments when they are taught in an engaging manner with with engaging visuals.
In today’s post, I provide you with colorful panels you can download, to put on your classroom wall or use as prompts during your social skills lessons with kids on the autism spectrum.
How to make the Compliment Panels:
1. Click on the panel images. Wait for them to open in another window.
2. Copy them to your desktop. Print them out on cardstock, or on paper which you subsequently laminate. Suggestion to speed it up: Open a blank powerpoint file and create a number of blank pages. Copy the panel images onto the blank pages. Size the images to fit. Then, just print the whole file.
Suggestions for using the compliment prompt panels:
1. Have the kid(s) point from the word portion to the picture portion while you give compliments according to their directions!
2. You point from words to picture and the kids create compliments.
3. Follow up with having the kids offer compliments to others in the room. Coach the proper “thank you” response.
4. Explore with the kids when and how they can give compliments in various settings. Create simple thought bubble drawings to increase awareness of how others might feel when they receive compliments.