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By: Stephanie | March 02, 2019

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Welcome to part two of our conversations theme! This part will cover initiating conversations, ending conversations, interruptions, monitoring length of turn, and picking up on social cues.


1) Initiating a conversation


This is a really difficult task, even for people without social learning challenges. The first step is to ‘read the room’ to determine if it’s an appropriate time and/or place to start a conversation. Lunch at school is a great time and place, but in the middle of Algebra is not. A place where people are waiting is usually acceptable (waiting room, public transportation, in line at a store), but not if the intended conversation pa...

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By: Stephanie | February 02, 2019

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During the month of February we are working on conversation skills. Engaging in a successful conversation is a pretty complex process with lots of moving pieces. 


Students with social learning challenges may struggle with conversational skills for multiple reasons. Students who struggle with interpreting social cues may have a difficult time knowing when to change the topic or when they've talked too long. Those who struggle with considering the wants/needs of others may be challenged with choosing appropriate topics for the audience. Slower processing speed may make keeping up with the pace of conversations difficult. L...

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By: Stephanie | December 31, 2018

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As we sit on the verge of a new year, I'm wondering if everyone else feels as bombarded as I do by the need to change. Every product, service, and idea ever made that proposes to benefit your life is promoting the heck out of itself right now. In this time of resolutions, is it even socially appropriate to say you don't make New Year's resolutions??


I'm going to put myself out there and say I don't make New Year's resolutions. As a behavior specialist, I believe we decide to change our behavior when it becomes a problem for us. If it's not a problem for us, why would we change it? If you tantrum when you don't get your way and that leads to you getti...

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By: Stephanie | December 18, 2018

All of the strategies that appeared in the previous post are applicable here as well. Setting goals, visualizing the event, reading the room, practicing gratitude.... They all work for family events as well!


Family gatherings often involve an additional aspect that a lot of holiday activities and events don’t: Personal interactions with people who know you and your child intimately, and who may or may not agree with your child’s diagnosis and/or your approach to their social challenges.

Regardless of your relationship with your family and where they stand on how you parent your child, here are some tips for supporting your child with social learning challenges (and yourself!) during family gatherings.


  • Share your child’s goals with your famil...

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By: Stephanie | December 03, 2018

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We are entering the holiday season! For most people, that’s the best time of the year! We get to see friends and family we don’t often see. We get to enjoy foods we don’t normally eat. We get to go to parties and events and activities. There are lots of noises and lights and smells. We have time off school and work…


And your child with social learning challenges has probably been dreading this time of year for months.


For most people with social challenges, it’s the worst time of the year. They have to see friends and family they don’t often see, and they are expected to be ‘socially appropriate’, or at least ‘social’. They are expect...

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