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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

Teaching a third grader about social memory

Learning about "social memory" with a 3rd grader from a Social Thinking curriculum I used with elementary schoolers. Because many kids with ADHD struggle with perspective taking and episodic memory one of the concepts we need to teach is that others have a social memory of you and you need to have a social memory … Continue reading Teaching a third grader about social memory

How my “How to hang out” program is different than social skills groups

Last year, when I was speaking at a conference a mother came up to me and shared that her son had been working with a therapist on social skills for several years. Recently, the therapist and her son had worked on asking other boys to come over. Her son did what he practiced with his … Continue reading How my “How to hang out” program is different than social skills groups