More Social Skills Tips:

  • Turn on the TV without the sound and watch facial movements.
  • Remember that each experience is novel; she needs verbal help in seeing the relationships of experiences.
  • "Descriptive videos" 800 333 1203 (DVS 317 579 0439) home video catalogue (verbally describes facial expressions and body language). http://www.wgbh.org/dvs
  • Video your family and watch without the sound
  • Make a game out of looking at people and describing their nonverbal expressions.
  • Patiently, teach the game of Charades and play it repeatedly, so that using nonverbal cues becomes easier.
  • Collect photos or magazine pictures of faces with different facial expressions to look at and describe.
  • Discuss situations where nonverbal cues are used:

             -meeting someone for the first time;                                                            

             -talking to kids at school;

             -the teacher teaching up in front of the class;

  • Discuss situations where "reading" nonverbal cues is needed:

             -"listening" to the teacher;

             -responding to someone telling you something;

            -being in public places: markets, stores, church;

Resources: Duke, Marshall, Nowicki, Stephen.  Teaching Your Child the Language of Social Success. Atlanta: Peachtree, 1996.

Frankel, F. Good Friends are Hard to Find: Help your child find, make and keep friends. Los Angeles: Perspective Publishing, 1996. (Available through Free Spirit Press 612 338 2068.)

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