Xmas is right around the corner and you may be encouraging your child to think of gifts for friends or family members. The pic below is from a chart I use when one on one coaching. I use it help to help students remember the interests of others to make small talk a lot easier. This will also work for birthdays and any gift exchange event. It is very simple to do. Your child asks questions and can be very direct "What is your fave genre of music". Record the answer w/ as much detail as possible. For instance, add names of bands they like. Now they can research that music and talk about it in the future....or buy a special edition version of their fave music. Feel free to use the chart below if you feel it would be helpful. I strongly suggest you practice using the chart w/ family and friends first. When I coach students, we spend a lot of time practicing how to ask and record answers. Remember, this may not be an innate skill for your child. Practice, be patient and do not forget to explain the nuances of tone of voice and Non verbal cues. They can make or break a good conversation. This is what Spectrum Insights specializes in for our coaching and Summer Programs.
If your child is not doing what is expected socially, or if their words, emotions and actions are not congruent, they may have Hinky Behavior.
What is is Hinky?
Watch the video below to find out!
Specially designed Social Spaces for ASD/ADHD adults work!
My vision for the program is to create social spaces for adults to connect and develop lasting relationships. Recently, several students, 7 actually, have been spending time together outside of the socials. This means the friendships developed at the social have now moved beyond the space created. Check what they have been organizing on their own. And by organizing, I mean contacting each other, making a plan and seeing it through. How many parents here want to see their child doing the same thing?
•Dinner at The Green Door
•Lunch at Decon Brodies
•Swimming party & BBQ
•Meet for Lunch and discuss the election
•Shopping at the Mall
•Online movie nights
I am so proud of our Moving forward students! Special shout out to Denis, Leo and Brittany for organizing events!
Spectrum Insights is in the news:
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