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Bullying VS Kidding - I have a student with autism who has a hard time telling the difference between “bullying” and “just kidding”. He thinks everything is bullying, and since has trouble with non-verbal behavior, missing cues that show some behaviors are classroom fun. His reaction to social behaviors that really are joking or fun (not harmful) is limiting his participation in his classroom. To help him I made this worksheet with describing words and photos that illustrate the two ideas.
Teaching your Child to be Flexible (Social Skills) Students with autism often have inflexible thinking. When kids hear a comment like “We’ll go in 5 minutes”, typical kids make guesses about it, or understand that it's not exactly 5 minutes. Kids with autism tend be concrete thinkers and take language literally, as exactly 5 minutes! Figurative language is tricky for the student with autism. They may hear someone say “She knocked my socks off” and may think the speaker’s socks came flying off.
Understanding Executive Functioning Issues
Executive Function Around the Clock - Executive function is mental processes that connect experience with action. These are skills and processes each of us use every day. Children and adults with learning and attention issues often struggle with many of these skills. This graphic walks you through a day of school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function. You’ll see how difficulties with organizing, prioritizing, flexible thinking and more cause trouble throughout the day