Social conventions are the bete noir of a person on the autism spectrum. Most socialization does not come naturally to them. At every stage there are nuances and signals that they need to be taught.
Social regulation is important for everyone inorder to have a successful life. Reinforcement and support, while generalizing the ideas taught over the years is never inappropriate. Whether we continually practice dinner conversations, appropriate phone conversations or even how to tell a joke, it is always important to keep in mind that social skills, if not practiced and used will be lost.
To this end I recommend the book Make Social Learning Stick, by Elizabeth A. Sautter, MA CCC-SLP. It is a colorful, informative, fun filled charted lesson plan for how to help anyone learn those little annoying socially appropriate realities. In other words, if you follow along you can make social skills fun.
Actually I enjoyed reading the book. I found it informative, filled with many new ideas and programs to use on that social and emotional journey. I always say that no matter how long you have been a warrior-parent you can always learn something new.
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Know somebody who has autism spectrum disorder? This book offers a
“social learning diet” of concepts and actions that can be used in
everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening
skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking, executive
functioning, and more. The activities are recipes for social and
emotional learning for which parents, teachers, and therapists typically
already have the ingredients. With close to 200 fun and easy
activities, including contributions from leading experts, this book
offers numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily
routines without having to do extra work! Events like getting ready for
school, preparing dinner, going to the doctor, and celebrating
Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected
social behavior for those with autism spectrum disorder. Geared toward
children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to
inspire creativity that suites each specific child. Activities can be
easily tailored to meet a child’s developmental level, needs, or
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