When helping your Asperger child develop social skills keep a record of daily events. This is a helpful way to record all the activities that happened during the days.
At the end of the day parents and children talk about the day they had. While keeping a record of the day’s events you should try to make minor changes every day to the child’s rigid routines and reduce time spent in repetitive activities and interests.
This helps to reduce your child’s rigidity to routines and helps to expand their areas of interest.My mother did this just by talking to talking to me during and at the end of the day. Writing down the day’s activities is effective for deciding what behaviors and subjects you want to modify or expand upon . The point is to make progress in your child’s behaviors and help them to be comfortable with changes in daily routines.
This method can be helpful for the very organized parent who keeps track of everything. It can also work i if you are not very organized just. Just jot down a few ideas of what happened during the day and talk with your child and open them to new ideas is what is truly important.
Discuss with your child specific social skills and situations. Aspies have no collective knowledge of specific situations like greeting others unless they are given an example and shown how to do so themselves.
Discussing how to greet others, how to wait your turn, how to ask for something, what to do when you don’t get your own way, and how to tell someone you like them can be very helpful to a child with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism.
Using visual, tactile, and vocal examples can help them to learn at a faster pace. The use of pictures, acting situations out, or keeping a journal can help. Whatever makes your child comfortable in the new social situation works.
I never truly was blind to emotion. I could understand on a level but not like my peers could. It can not only help a child understand emotion but can help them to reproduce emotions on their own. It can also make them conscious of what empathy is by studying emotions.
Showing your children How to give and receive compliments can improve their social skills tremendously. What types of compliments are appropriate in a given situation? I did not know how to give a proper compliment until I started going to therapy connections.
That means I did not learn until I was over the age of ten. This is something Aspies want to know. They don’t want to be left in the dark. They want to shine on stage and be the life of the party.
Teach the youngster or teen specific tools to use to understand situations in which it is or isn’t appropriate to help others.
I knew this from an early age because my sister and I were very close and I knew when she needed and didn’t need help. I could transfer that skill I had with my sister to other people. For some it is not so easy.Teaching them How to understand and use skills such as using a friendly and respectful tone of voice, or waiting for pauses in conversation may not seem like a lot. I find however that this is the hardest thing to master.
I feel this way because I still have not totally mastered it. I at times when it is early in the morning don’t remember these skills. Everyone makes mistakes and social faux pas at times. I find that I make more mistakes than average people. I continue to work to improve my speech skills.
In conclusion these are just some of the many tricks my mother has used with me to make me the productive citizen I am today. I am able to function smoothly in any given situation thanks to my mother. There are many famous people with Asperger’s Syndrome who have made something of themselves. To name a few Albert Einstein and Bill Murray are believed to have Asperger’s Syndrome as well.
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Activities to Help Improve Your Child’s Social Skills- Teddy Frost