Our kiddos on the autism spectrum need practice with social skills. I tend to let The Boy relax when he gets home because I know he’s worked hard all day, staying quiet when all he wants to do is make silly tuba noises, paying attention when all he wants to do is draw, and doing his best to get his work done all damn day.
But, neither does he get a free pass. We still have homework to complete and projects to do at home. And summer is not a free pass in this house, either. Especially if there is no camp.
I have always taken summer as a wonderful opportunity to target areas in my own learning, or develop new ways of doing because we run out of time during the school year. This is so ingrained in me, that I’ve been planning with The Boy for all of the areas we can practice skills because we just don’t have time, and The Boy does not have the energy or patience after a long day of school. I was reading a blog post on Momastery.com I found through Pinterest that looked like an activity that had potential not only for social skills and conversation practice, but could also provide an opportunity for me to get inside The Boy’s head a bit. The Holy Grail for autism parents. But as I read, I realized it wouldn’t quite work for us, because open-ended questions often do not get answers from The Boy. There are just too many possible answers, and he freezes. He needs selections to choose from – multiple choice, if you will. And then I remembered this other game of question and answer, a get-to-know-you game where possible answers are provided…
We’re pretty used to modifying activities and assignments around here, so I’m sharing with you an activity (free printable) I developed, “Planting the Seed – Conversation Starters for Kiddos on the Spectrum“. Check it out, download it, tailor it to your own kiddo and then come back and let us know what you thought and how it worked.