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bizzi Sun 16-Jan-05 18:05:38

Any tips on social skills training? Ds is 10 and up till now I've talked through situations we've found ourselves in, in order to teach him skills that would come naturally to most.
I am a secret Eastenders fan, think it's highly inappropriate for the kids to see so ensure they don't! But dd's are in bed by 7:30 so it would be an and ideal opportunity for ds and I to watch it together and I could discreetly slip in comments about peoples behaviours, reactions, expressions and perceived feelings. Does this sound a good move or should I shield him from crappy soaps?

Davros Mon 17-Jan-05 13:00:23

Don't know if he should watch crappy soaps or not but I'm not sure they're the best way to teach social skills. Does he have special needs of any sort? If not I suppose commenting on situations in real life and on telly is fine and probably quite normal. If he does have SN then there are tons of books, videos etc available from various places.

bizzi Mon 17-Jan-05 14:39:03

Thanks Davros.
He has AS traits and we've just stepped onto the road towards dx. I've found nothing appropriate for him to look at/use in local (small) library, he saw a SALT a couple of years ago who was able to recommend books and games to buy at astronomical prices, nothing to loan. Would this change if he was actually diagnosed?...

Blossomhill Mon 17-Jan-05 14:47:47

Bizzi - This is quite expensive but really good Teach me language

Lots on social skills. I bought this for dd (5yrs) but the school think she's a bit too young for it so am holding on to it for later

charlie01 Mon 17-Jan-05 16:05:18

Sounds like what you're doing is similar to how we "taught" social skills to my brother (has AS). We found social stories (see here for some info) really good, used a lot of flashcards with mostly pictures but some words. All homemade to suit the problem of the day!

Davros Mon 17-Jan-05 18:08:45

You might find that your local CDC has books to lend or maybe local support groups. Have you looked at Jessica Kinglsey and the NAS?

loretta1 Tue 08-Feb-05 23:28:12

Hi, does anyone know much about Semantic pragmatic disorder (a language disorder with some social and emotional complications)?

Also, has anyone had any experience - positive or negative with Steiner School Education? All thoughts welcomed.

ImuststopdrinkingBlossomhill Wed 09-Feb-05 07:26:26

Lorreta - This is an excellent site that I go on: Spdsupport

It has got loads of info on spd. My dd aged 5 has a language disorder and the pros are not sure if it is a high level Pragmatic language disorder, possibly spd. Although they are very similar anyway. HTH

JaysMum Wed 09-Feb-05 08:54:12

The SPDsupport site which Blossom recommends is an excellent site for info about SPD.....J has a dx of SPD and I found the site a real life line in our early helped explain so much that I couldnt understand at the time.

Good luck..

MrsFROSTgetful Wed 09-Feb-05 11:56:26


This book is GREAT!

£20....but well worth it!

It is published by Jessica Kingsley Plublishers

Social Awareness Skills for Children

Márianna Csóti

Paperback ISBN: 1-84310-003-7, 320 pages,

description of book:

*Children, particularly those with special needs, can require considerable help in learning how to relate to other people and how to behave positively and appropriately in social situations. In this practical and helpful book, Marianna Csoti emphasises the benefits that learning communication and social skills can have for these children, including better friendships and increased self-esteem. The numerous detailed tasks and practical examples enable parents, professionals and carers to work with children on improving their social skills and social awareness, and respecting themselves and other people. Topics covered include: Helping children with special needs; making and keeping friends; social rules; body language; feelings, including shyness and anger; listening skills and social safety.

Suitable for use with children aged 7-16, on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, this practical and comprehensive book will be an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to help children to increase their social understanding and awareness.*

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