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#1 deanna1ynne

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:38 PM

I tried doing a few simple searches and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so please forgive me (and provide the link!) if this has already been discussed.

 

I have a very bright kiddo (almost 8, already! :) ) with an ASD2 diagnosis. I find myself constantly correcting him for things that I would never have thought I'd have to actually tell someone. It's good for him to learn these things, but I'd really rather avoid at least *some* of the frustration I feel when he does something that seems crazy to me and I have to brace myself to explain to him why something is inappropriate/rude/etc. Because when I respond appropriately and well, and explain the situation and expectations to him, he usually takes it in stride and can apply said rule moving forward. But often, I'm left standing there staring at him in exasperation and wondering how on earth he could even possibly think this was a good idea in the first place.

 

So I'm looking for something that I can perhaps use during non-conflict times that will help me teach him what he needs to know. I've gone through the Unwritten rules of social interaction, by Grandin et al, but is there anything more concrete/specific that you can recommend, at least as a starting point? There are no social groups for kids his age locally and he is struggling with peers and making friends, not to mention learning rules at home (somehow, I thought that our discussion of personal space and boundaries there would've informed him that he's not allowed to lay on his sister and lick her ear while they're playing puppy, *even IF* the puppy game is mutual, but... )

 

Maybe there's something that's broader than social skills, even, that would be helpful to our situation? Maybe some of this is just needing time to grow and learn and mature. I don't know, but thought I'd at least ask! :)

 

Thank you in advance!



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:44 PM

Social Thinking vs. social skills

 

One uses concepts they apply, the other is a list. Then go to SocialThinking.com and read hundreds of articles for free, pursue their EXTREMELY WORTHWHILE conferences, and buy anything that calls to you. It's all good. Like all of it. Can't go wrong. :D

 

They have a pull down of recs by ages to get you started. :)

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:46 PM

The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules by Jennifer O'Toole.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:14 PM

The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules by Jennifer O'Toole.

So glad you linked this! I had forgotten about it. She also authored this, I just noticed, which ties in well with something else I am working on.

https://www.amazon.c...95155417&sr=1-5

Anyway, rambling...

Deanna1ynne, you could also look at:
The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism by Jed Baker
https://www.amazon.c...cial story book

ETA: O'Toole is an Aspie, herself!

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:16 PM

The social thinking website is where you will find the most resources. A book I really enjoyed using with my son, that I am not sure it on the social thinking site is Make Social Learning Stick.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:38 PM

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:54 PM

The social thinking website is where you will find the most resources. A book I really enjoyed using with my son, that I am not sure it on the social thinking site is Make Social Learning Stick.

 

Actually they sell it! I picked up a copy at the conference two weeks ago. :)

 

Yes, Make it Stick will be a very good choice for a 7/8 yo! We had already done some of the things, but I still found enough value to want it.

 

A dc that age is a good candidate for We Thinkers, Social Detective, etc. They have listings and suggestions by age.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:20 PM

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:32 PM

She also authored this, I just noticed, which ties in well with something else I am working on.

https://www.amazon.c...95166017&sr=1-5

Side track... or maybe not since some of the activities are social skills related! Anyway, bought this on Kindle and love what I see so far. Put two of her other books on my list as well. Resources like this are *exactly* what I'm looking for!

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:26 PM

That social thinking website is gold! That social detective stuff looks perfect. I'll look into all the other suggestions too - They all look so good!



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:07 PM

Social Thinking vs. social skills

 

One uses concepts they apply, the other is a list. Then go to SocialThinking.com and read hundreds of articles for free, pursue their EXTREMELY WORTHWHILE conferences, and buy anything that calls to you. It's all good. Like all of it. Can't go wrong. :D

 

They have a pull down of recs by ages to get you started. :)

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The webpage is a little unclear: should Think Social come in between You are a social detective and Super Flex? Or are Super flex and Think Social both good options after you finish You are a social detective (for elementary age students)?



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:21 PM

Think Social is a HUGE book with TONS of material. It was early materials they developed, and it's really targeted at older kids (4th and up). Your ds is 7. He could start very profitably with We Thinkers 1 and 2. Don't shoot over him. A simple concept, done very thoroughly and profoundly, can be very impactful. We Thinkers 2 is brand new and VERY sophisticated. It won't be too young for him. We Thinkers 1 will be faster but still useful, most likely. 

 

We're only starting Social Detective with my ds now, at 8.5, and Super Flex he doesn't even get. Don't rush. 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:23 PM

There are other things that will be useful. The Making it Stick book is perfect for that age. They have some games that are good. But yeah, I'd look at We Thinkers first.

 

Also look at going to any conferences. It will be rocket fuel for you.