Teaching Social Skills to Children with PDD/Autism. Strategies for Teachers. Social Skills to Teach the Child with PDD/Autism. Recognizing feelings of others Expressing feelings Empathy Starting conversations Continuing conversations Ending conversations Giving ideas Listening to others
Strategies for Teachers
How to Teach Social Skills to Children
Properly trained peers can be used to effectively teach, reinforce and help to generalize social skills in children with PDD/Autism.
By creating imaginative scenarios with pretend play toys and simple actions and words you can create something that the child with autism can relate to, copy and, hopefully, expand upon and generalize.
The use of visuals to support language and to teach social skills is highly recommended and extremely effective, as it draws on the child’s visual and rote memory strengths.
Social stories or scripts combine pictures and words at the child’s level of understanding to teach about a social situation or concept that may be unfamiliar or stressful to the child with autism. The goal is to provide the child with information that will make the situation more predictable and tolerable.
When the Fire Alarm Goes Off
Sometimes as I sit in class, I hear a buzzing alarm go off. The alarm may mean we are having a fire drill.
A fire drill gives students a chance to practice for a real fire. Usually, there is not a real fire.
My teacher waits for me to line up with my class at the door. It’s important to walk quietly with my class.
I will try to walk calmly outside. It’s important to wait until my teacher says that we can go back inside.
The fire drill is over when my teacher leads us back inside.
Capitalize on the student with autism’s interest in visually represented materials and need for repetition by buying or creating videos that teach correct social skills and provide fun and entertaining opportunities for the child to learn.