Social skills training is so important for people on the spectrum. Below is a list of 10 therapist and parent favorite resources you can use with the children & teens you support.
Fitting In & Having Fun Video Modeling Series:
This video modeling series features real life social situations reenacted by kids and teens. This video recognizes that in order to be socially successful, one must learn to notice and “read” the social cues and messages that people use to communicate. This series visually shows viewers how to decode and interpret information from others. It also helps viewers become aware of their own body language and the messages they are sending. This series is perfect for those who are ready to learn about the intricacies of social interactions. Volume 1 is for grades 1-6, Confident & In Control, grades 1-6, Moving on to Middle School, and High school Life Unspoken Expectations.
This is our most popular social skills tools and includes six games that will help you teach key social skills in the following six areas:
- How Others Feel- Learn empathy by understanding the perspective of another.
- Acting Out- Dealing with and Showing Emotions
- Manners- Important manners for social success.
- Mountain of Emotions- Simple Strategies for emotion management.
- What Should You Do? How to make good choices.
- What Makes A Good Friend?- Simple tips for being a good friend.
Playtime with Zeebu:
Another wonderful gift for a child with autism is the Playtime with Zeebu set. This set comes with a video and two puppets so that therapists or parents and children can roll play with the puppets different social scenarios. Young children with beginning social skills will learn how to share, think about others’ feelings, simple ways to calm down, and so much more! There are also fun Zeebu coloring books available that help to teach calming strategies and social skills.
The Blunders Game:
The Blunders Game teaches essential manners and social skills for grade school children, and works well with higher functioning children on the autism spectrum. The nice thing about this game is that the “blunder kids” are the ones who make mistakes. It’s a safe way to learn social skills and talk about social blunders without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Best of all this game is fun and would make a great gift for the whole family.
Reverse Charades is fun to play with children and teens on the autism spectrum and is helpful for teaching nonverbal communication. The nice thing about reverse charades is a team works together to figure out how to communicate without using words and the person who is “it” has to try and figure out what the team is communicating. This is a great game for social skills groups or some family fun.
The Buddy Talk card set is full of fun topics to help kids start talking. Sturdy laminated cards are held together by a spiral ring. This 50 card deck is loaded with questions and topics to help kids talk with their friends.
The Making and Keeping Friends card game is simple and fun to play during social skills groups, at home around the kitchen table, or when you have a few extra minutes during the day. Each card within the deck features a thought-provoking question related to common social situations. Use these cards to help your students explore a variety of topics.
Use these cards to help start conversations that will help your students open up about social challenges they are facing. They can also help them explore personal values and social boundaries. They are great for exploring and practicing proper etiquette and social expectations that students need for successful friendship skills.
We have a lot of unwritten expectations within our classroom and Hidden Rules card game will help your students with autism or Asperger’s syndrome to discover what these are. You can use this interactive card game to teach social rules and expectations that your students will encounter in the classroom. This is a fun fast paced game that your students will love to play over and over again – making sure they get lots of practice!
Use this game to educate students on the consequences of bullying for everyone involved. Teach your students positive behavioral strategies to overcome bullying. While playing this game your students will learn proactive ways to deal with bullies, the victims of bullying, and what bystanders can do when they witness bullying. To play students move along the board, selecting bullies, victims or bystanders cards. Game cards can be used outside of the game to provide discussion starting points to discuss positive and negative behavior as it relates to bullying.