Friday, May 26, 2017

101 Ways To Teach Social Skills - Neurodiversity Comments (Activities 60 - 76)

This is the fourth part of my review of 101 Ways to Teach Social Skills.

Section 5: Problem Solving

Activities 60 - 66 focus on identifying things people do that bother others, describing yourself positively, brainstorming, finding alternative solutions, picking the best solution, learning from mistakes and thinking before acting. These activities all look pretty great.

Activity 67 is about making wise choices. This is mostly good, but I have two concerns. First, they claim that "rules are made for a purpose". Sure, but some rules don't have a good purpose, and principled disobedience is sometimes the best course of action. A rule should be disobeyed if following that rule will cause harm to yourself or others.

Secondly, the worksheet example featuring a theft doesn't include the best option. Rather than running after the thief yourself to get the book bag back, the best solution is to tell an adult.

Activities 68 - 69 focus on accepting consequences and group problem solving. These activities look pretty good to me.

Section 6: Listening

Activity 70 discusses the difference between hearing and listening. This activity looks great, but it's important to acknowledge that not listening can be unintentional. If they realize they have missed something, they should apologize and ask the person to repeat it.

Activity 71 is about listening during a conversation. Unfortunately, they list eye contact as part of listening. Eye contact should be optional, especially when the child is trying to pay close attention to what someone is saying. Many autistic people find it harder to process language when they make eye contact. Apart from that issue, this activity looks good.

Activities 72 - 74 focus on listening for information, following instructions and reflective listening. These activities look great.

Activity 75 is about active listening. Eye contact should be optional, but otherwise this seems fine.

Activity 76 is about giving positive feedback. This one doesn't make sense to me. Specifically, I don't get what they mean by giving positive feedback to a negative statement.


Blogger Adelaide Dupont said...

All the different ways to listen - active; reflective; informative.

And why and how do you give positive feedback to a negative statement?

5:25 AM  

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