Social skills take a long time to develop. Children with Autism require more time , direct explicit instruction & many opportunities for social interactions. These children need to practice in multiple settings with a variety of opportunities. This includes structured facilitated situations to safely practice social skills. We provide this practice and explicit instruction.
One way we provide these opportunities is with board games.
" Games don't need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child's attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer ice lessons: Your luck can change in an instant, unexpected things happen for the better or for the worse. "
So, take some time to play board games at home with your child & during playdates. Start a family game night & turn off those electronic devices for one evening.. that means parents too!
Here is a nice article about board games:
Benefits of Board Games
Welcome to my Classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.
I begin my 26th year of teaching this year! I teach in the Bay Area and live in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My sanctuary, place of reflection and daily sitting practice.
My hope is that this website/blog will help others understand and see children with Autism as talented unique thinkers who can and will contribute to our world and anyone who knows them in positive ways.