Social skills have been well documented as one of the most important things we can give our students if they are to make and keep friendships and if they are to get and maintain a job, yet it remains a huge challenge to our students/children.
You probably already have guessed that I’m going to promote going visual to help this process along! Our students, especially those on the autism spectrum, need as much visual support as we can give them. This is why, when I attended a conference for visual strategies presented by Joel Shaul in 2015, that this particular visual support caught my attention.
It’s not often that I come across a 3D support that makes the balance of a reciprocal conversation quite clear.
Take a look at the video and see for yourself!
When we present social skills strategies, it is imperative to help these strategies stick. Once you introduce this support, it is something that your students may be able to visualize during their conversations. This will help your visual learner navigate the challenging task of social turn taking. It also may make this very difficult skill easier than you thought!
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year celebration! Jerry and I are looking forward to bringing you new ideas, resources and opportunities to support your work with the child or the student you love!
You take care and I’ll see you next time.