Teaching high school boys the hidden rules of male-male social communication

Because I'm teach social skills specifically to boys I teach the guys I work with when they are breaking the "hidden rules" of social communication, particularly when it comes to male-male social communication. "Hidden Rules" is a @socialthinking term used to describe behaviors that most people pick up intuitively. Often, individuals with social learning challenges … Continue reading Teaching high school boys the hidden rules of male-male social communication

A strategy I used to teach how to understand others thoughts about you

This is a picture of the thought bubble I use to teach what my thoughts would be if I were a same age peer in the moment. When I use the thought bubble I don't say that I'm going to use it and I don't say anything about it. I simply write on it, hold … Continue reading A strategy I used to teach how to understand others thoughts about you

Skills we work on during Summer Trip Camp

-Learning how to to feel time as a concrete concept -Planning ahead -Managing money -Developing flexibility in order to be part of a peer group -Understanding how you come across to others -Showing an interest in others so they know you want to be friends -Making food for yourself -Having fun hanging out with other … Continue reading Skills we work on during Summer Trip Camp

Why parents are not allowed to pack for the kids during summer trip camp

During Summer Trip Camp Parents are not allowed to pack for the overnight trips. We teach the kids how to pack for the trips and teach many other practical, executive functioning strategies to build independent skills. When you do things for your child that they can learn to do on their own they are missing … Continue reading Why parents are not allowed to pack for the kids during summer trip camp

Why we shop together during Summer Trip Camp

Ever try shopping with a group of middle schoolers at once? Not the easiest thing to do. So why do we do the BJs run together during camp? Because we integrate teaching important executive functioning skills such as: -Learning how to make a "future plan" -Prioritizing what's important -Learning how to figure out what's a … Continue reading Why we shop together during Summer Trip Camp