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Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids
Issue 61 | May 2019
Child's Healthy Media Diet

What are social skills?
The term “social skills” generally includes sharing ideas, feelings, activities; cooperation, showing interest in others, engaging in eye-contact, establishing common ground, taking turns, having a conversation, and staying on topic.

What is social thinking?
  • Social thinking is a methodology that was developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, a speech language pathologist, and it allows us to interpret the deeper meaning behind what others do in the world, and (if the situation calls for it) prompts us with how to respond.
  • Using Social Thinking:
    We all have thoughts about each other when we are sharing a common space with others, and those thoughts impact our feelings and our behaviours. Therefore we need to be both physically and mentally present in a group and use what we observe, hear, and feel to guide our thinking. One would then be more aware of how we should behave when interacting with others.
Employee Spotlight

Samantha Ng Samantha Ng
Psychologist
Master of Arts (Applied Psychology), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Registered with the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP), Singapore
Member of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), Singapore

Samantha is a registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society and is experienced in assessing and diagnosing neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and learning difficulties.

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Tips

Tips and strategies when coaching your child in social skills

Use direct and specific language

  • Individuals with social learning challenges can be very literal in how they think and process information. Unfortunately for them, much of the language we use is often littered with figurative meanings and abstract words.
  • To help them, always be direct and specific in your instructions. Instead of “Get your stuff and come over here when you’re done” say, “Please go get your backpacks and jackets and then line up next to me.”

Tell them what to do!

  • To help your child understand what you’re saying, phrase your instructions by telling them what to do, not what not to do. “Please walk” rather than “don’t run.” Don’t run can also mean don't skip, hop, or any other type of movement, which is an okay thing to do. That’s not exactly what you meant!
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Show and tell them

  • Don’t expect individuals with social learning challenges to be able to “read” your facial expressions and/or your feelings.
  • Verbalize how you are feeling (positive and negative), show and tell them why you are making a certain choice or offering a suggestion. Explain what other peers might be thinking and feeling when they exhibit an unexpected reaction or behavior. Then coach them with things they can do to keep you and others feeling good about being around them. For example, “I’m feeling uncomfortable because you keep revealing the answers when other kids have their hands raised. I need you to hold the thought in your brain until I call on you. That will make me feel really good.”

Prepare them for what’s coming up

  • Individuals with social challenges are generally pretty anxious kids who don’t like “surprises” – even good ones! They prefer routines and schedules, so if your child is noticeably uncomfortable, talk him/her through the schedule for the activity.
  • Consider using visual tools as much as possible, for example a visual schedule.

References

  • www.socialthinking.com
  • Thinking About You Thinking About Me, 2nd Edition, by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students, by Michelle Garcia Winner
Our Affiliates

Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids is affiliated with:

Dynamics Speech

Dynamics Success Centre

Edunamics

Dynamics Psychological Practice

Early Intervention Programme

We have a large team of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists,
educational therapists, psychologists, teachers & all supported by our administration team.
You can be assured that at Dynamics you only get the best, from the best!


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