Building Effective Social Skills Through Storytime Activities

29 Dec

Social Skills Stories is an instructional tool to assist people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental disabilities understand the social nuances of everyday communication so they are able to communicate in an appropriate and effective way. I frequently meet clients whose intelligence, frustration, sadness, joy, frustration or happiness are consistently tested while talking on the telephone. They can respond in a variety of ways such as squinting, grimacing, rubbing their nose, pacing back and forth, blinking, grimacing and grunting. It's almost as though these people have no filter for when they express emotion. Their communications are filled with nonverbal cues that sometimes are not easily understood by those they speak to.

I help individuals and couples work through communication issues, one of which is addressing how they express themselves socially. Using structured, step by step lessons, we help students improve their ability to connect with others and gain a better understanding of how the social skills stories they have been taught by their parents or teachers. In doing so, they will learn how to: listen, interact positively with others, be assertive, make eye contact, look others in the eye, smile, breathe deeply, take one step at a time, and respond in a meaningful way. We teach them the same social skills stories that they hear in their families, schools and even from TV programs. As a matter of fact, they may watch a social interaction skills video and immediately apply the lesson to the phone.

Some of our most popular Social Skills Stories include: "How to Deal with Anger," "ivating Conversation," "Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety," "Joke Alert," "Pose Ideas," "Listening Skills," "Situational Affirmations," "Evaluate Yourself," "Hindrances and Excitement," "Guessing Game," "Negative Feedback" and "Success Strategies." Some of the topics we cover in more depth include: public speaking, assertive personal boundaries, social skill development, empathy, improving interpersonal relationships, public speaking confidence, public speaking techniques, how to make eye contact with strangers, listening skills, humor, creative thinking and much more. All of these stories help students improve their social interaction skills. However, it is important for us to realize that each of these topics is merely a small part of what we do. For many of our students, learning social skills is an ongoing process.

What makes our Social Skills Stories unique is that we use the stories as a springboard to engage and teach social skills in a way that traditional teaching methods can't. Traditional methods teach social skills by having students identify certain behaviors or characteristics, such as: giving when receiving, respecting others' needs and expectations, listening and asking questions, and so forth. Social Skills Stories teach social skills in a way that introduces students to the concept of socialization, but also helps them to identify and practice the skills in real life situations. Students develop authentic, flexible social skills throughout the process.

Teachers love using social skills stories because they are both fun and engaging. When students perform these exercises, they learn social skills like how to listen, how to communicate and how to practice these skills when necessary. These activities also encourage students to get to know their peers and to develop bonds with them - students who will then be ready to take their learning to higher levels at school. Finally, teachers find that using social stories in the classroom helps them connect with their students on a deeper level.

Of course, there are many situations where we need help building better social skills. If you want to add some excitement and appeal to your lessons, consider using Social Skills Stories. Just remember that you only need to use a single story at a time, and that your starting point should be the story that you are most comfortable with and is based on your own experiences. When you have successfully completed your Social Skills Story, you may still be able to use the same story in different ways to inspire and motivate others to increase their social skills as well. Get more info at AdaptEd4SpecialEd.

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