Autism Conference Social Competencies. Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22 October 16, 2010 Emily Slabek, and Holly Sleppy. Objective.
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Autism ConferenceSocial Competencies
Bucks County Schools
Intermediate Unit #22
October 16, 2010
Emily Slabek, and Holly Sleppy
Given a definition of social skills, participants will be able to identify basic social expectations for successful learners by understanding potential miscommunication through unwritten social skills.
Emily is a full-time autistic support teacher with years of professional and personal experience in teaching social skills. She is an expert on her students.
Holly is the mom of Evan, who has Asperger’s syndrome, or high-functioning autism. She is an Evan expert.
Knowledge in specific areas of interest
A few on grade level in academics
Involved in community activities
Expressive and receptive language
Desire to “fit in”
Understanding social skills
1-3 years behind grade level in academics
Behavior struggles- meltdowns, outbursts, non-compliance, disruptive
Understanding how to “fit in”
Inability to read body language
Very bright with advanced reading (decoding), vocabulary and memory skills
Desire to fit in, but with a few preferred friends
Polite, with good use of manners
Understanding social skills and maintaining 2-way conversation
Difficulty with expressing emotions properly
Difficulty with personal space of others
Interpreting others’ behaviors very literally
Transitioning from activity to activity
Unusual sensitivity to textures, tastes, sounds and smells that brought on emotional MELTDOWNS
“Children with Autism often lack a social sense and demonstrate limited, but intense emotions. This, coupled with their language impairments, adversely affects their success in social interactions and may lead to withdrawal, aggression, depression, and/or anxiety. As a result, they need constant coaching and facilitation during all types of social interactions…” Susan Thompson Moore
Expected and unexpected
Perspective taking/ Thinking of others
On topic and off topic
Whole body listening
“Keep in your head” thoughts
Expected for school
Using an inside voice
Raise your hand
Walking in the halls
Using nice words
Unexpected for school
Not following directions
Running in the halls
Using mean words
Strategies for teaching: Lesson, Literature, Social stories, Role play
We exist in a world with other people, it is crucial
that we teach our students the significance of others in addition to the feelings that others have because of things that we do or say.
Saying “Hi” to someone when you pass them
No thank you
1. Shoulders and feet by turning toward the person who is talking.
2. Chest by keeping it up and pointed toward the person who is talking.
3. Hands by not distracting other people or yourself-keep hands quiet.
4. Ears by hearing what other people are saying.
5. Brain by thinking about what other people are saying.
6. Eyes by looking at people’s faces and eyes when they are talking to you.
7. Mouth by only making comments or asking questions about what the person is talking about-don’t interrupt.
Michelle Garcia Winner, Thinking About You Thinking About Me. 2007
Strategies: Social stories, Direct instruction, Literature, Role play
Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook
Strategies: Visual cues, Social stories, Role play, Direct instruction lesson, Line up space markers
Strategies: Weekly flexible challenge (flexible strips), provide opportunities, role play, social stories
Understanding Autism for Dummies, 2006. Stephen M. Shore and Linda G. Rastelli
A child’s skills and
needs will continue
to evolve…what can
“One size does not fit all; one method
is not appropriate for all. Successful
programs are those that appreciate
the individual nature of each
student.” -Michelle Garcia Winner