Visual strategies for autism social skills training, Part 2: Using magnets

I will show how to use two magnets in social skills training to help children with autism to better understand what kinds of behaviors "attract" and "repel" others

I will show how to use two magnets in social skills training to help children with autism to better understand what kinds of behaviors "attract" and "repel" others

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on how to use hands-on visuals when teaching and counseling children with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders.

To review [...]

Visual strategies for autism social skills training, Part 1, Introduction

Temple Grandin, who has autism, has raised our awareness of how many with autism benefit from visual learning strategies

This is the first of several postings on the topic of using visual-based social skills training methods for children on the autism spectrum to help raise awareness of social cause and effect.

It has been observed that many individuals on the autism spectrum tend to have a style of learning that is predominately visual.  Temple Grandin, in [...]

Game-like social skills methods for kids with autism, Part 2: Make your own social skills game

Kids with ASD often really like to make and use social skills games, like this one

Kids with ASD often really like to make and use social skills games, like this one

Children with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders can get tired and discouraged during our social skills training and social skills teaching activities.  Here is fun and effective way to help your students/clients on the autism spectrum to focus and [...]

Filter the Anger: A hands-on social skills activity to help kids with autism to manage angry verbal outbursts

A hands-on activity for social skill training and anger management for children on the autism spectrum

In social skills training in schools and psychotherapy settings, young people on the autism spectrum often struggle with controlling angry verbal outbursts.  The Filter the Anger Activity is designed to:

* Raise awareness of okay vs. not-okay things to say when you are mad

*Introduce and reinforce the idea that thoughts can be “filtered” before [...]

Game-like elements for teaching social skills to children with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders, Part 1

Use games and fun to increase engagement and learning in autism social skills training

Use games and fun to increase engagement and learning in autism social skills training

Teaching social skills to children with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders can be much more effective when it is engaging and fun.  By the time children with autism ends up in our classrooms  or psychotherapy offices, they are often feeling [...]

Using chain and building images to help with autism conversation skills

Copy and paste this, print, cut out, laminate, to use as part of Chain and Wrecking Ball activity

 

Here are two conversation reciprocity activities for children on the autism spectrum. The other one is based on building girders and wrecking balls.

 

This blog post is to explain how to make and use really useful hand-held visuals for teaching topic coherence to children withAsperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders. (The downloadable images are shown [...]

Nonverbal communication visual prompts for kids with ASD (see next blog for the downloads)

Nonverbal prompts to help children with autism to learn about nonverbal communication

These are nonverbal prompts, which are really easy to make and so useful in social skills activities for kids with Asperger’s and other autistic spectrum disorders. Shown here are my old, beat-up ones I have used dozens of times.

You can actually download these right here in this blog post:

Nonverbal Prompts & Directions Download

 

Children with [...]

Help The Upset Person: A cognitive-behavioral group game

This is an engaging and entertaining cognitive-behavioral teaching strategy  on the topic of emotional regulation.
Here is how to do it:

Follow THIS LINK HERE to the download page for this resource, which provides you with downloads of the pictures that are shown here.  You use these pictures to profile various children with upsetting problems, and your [...]

Using photo albums to increase knowledge about peers

photo album

Many young people with ASD seem to learn much more, and remember longer, when information is presented to them with a strong visual component.  It is particularly useful to use appealing visuals when we are helping them to learn facts about other children in a group setting.

Often, when children with ASD learn people’s  names and [...]

Using a rope to demonstrate

Rope as prop for teaching distance

 

Many young people on the autism spectrum can get confused regarding personal space when they are walking together with otherpeople.  Professionals working with youth on the spectrum in therapeutic recreation programs encounter these problems frequently.  At a mall or on a trail in a park, it is not uncommon for some individuals to remain rather [...]