Social Skills for special education students are much more than good manners. Typically developing children are wired to attend to social nuance, social situations, facial expressions, and the interior life of others, also known as “theory of mind.” Learning disabled children all too often zoom past the more subtle cues they get in social situations. Children on the Autism Spectrum are clueless to appropriate social behavior, and have to be carefully taught, even coached.
In these pages, I want to address these problems. My purpose is to help you help your students develop appropriate social skills.
I offer 10 days worth of brief (30 -45 minute) lessons to prepare you for a big friendship celebration for Valentines Day. Feel free to pick and choose the activities you feel will help your class.
The term “Social Story” has been copyrighted by Carol Gray. I will substitute “social narrative” for the stories that work with developmentally challenged students, especially. I like to use pictures of the students for whom the narrative is written, so pick up your digital camera and follow me as I coach you through Alex Sets the Table.