Developing Social Skills in Children with Autism
The Let's Choose™ picture cards are an excellent teaching resource for creating positive behavioral changes in children with autism. The cards deal with everyday activities and real behaviors, both good and bad, and help children develop social skills.
Because children learn in different ways, the visually stimulating Let's Choose picture card game enables parents and teachers to incorporate the cards into a variety of teaching techniques, including: role playing, drawing, writing stories or filling in cloze sentences.
How Prevalent is Autism?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 80 boys and 1 in 240 girls (an average of 1 in 110 children) in the U.S. have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children are usually diagnosed by age 3.
How To Recognize Autism
The main signs and symptoms of autism can usually be observed by 18 months of age and involve problems in the following areas:
- Communication – both verbal (spoken) and non-verbal (unspoken), such as pointing, eye contact, and smiling
- Social – such as sharing emotions, understanding how others think and feel, and holding a conversation
- Routines or repetitive behaviors (also called stereotyped behaviors) – such as repeating words or actions, obsessively following routines or schedules, and playing in repetitive ways.
What Can I Do to Help a Child with Autism?
The Autism Society states: “…there is no one symptom or behavior that identifies individuals with ASD…Individuals can learn to function within the confines of ASD and use the positive aspects of their condition to their benefit, but treatment must begin as early as possible and be tailored to the child's unique strengths, weaknesses and needs.”
How the Let's Choose Game Helps Children Learn
The Let's Choose™ games are designed so important social skills are practiced when the products are used in game format. The games encourage positive social skill development by stressing:
- Turn taking
- Saying a person's name to get attention
- Asking questions
- Answering questions
- Tone of voice
- Speaking volume
- Looking at the person
The concrete, engaging visual pictures support the system you use to talk about social skills, at home or at school.
The Let's Choose Game Supports Classroom and At Home Learning
Let's Choose™ for the Classroom, the school edition, includes specific choices and consequences that might come up in a classroom such as:
- Choices: arguing, interrupting, talking nicely, taking turns, raising your hand
- Consequences: receive a compliment, apologize, sit down, work with a friend, share with your family
Choice-a-Quence™ Home Edition, the home edition, includes specific choices and consequences that families might experience such as:
- Choices: Be a bad loser, ask permission, not ask permission, play together nicely, talk about your anger
- Consequences:get a hug, get a high five, others not want to play with you, lose a fun activity
Let's Choose Game Benefits for Adults
Parents and teachers also benefit from using the Let's Choose™ Card Games. The products give caregivers real tools to use with children, including descriptive pictures that children understand. Having the pictures displayed at home on a refrigerator or on a bulletin board at school are a reminder to deal with behaviors right away -- like praising children for their positive choices or dealing with disruptive behavior quickly before it gets out of hand. For example, when a mom notices her son putting things where they belong, she should use the picture cards to point out his good behavior and the consequence that follows, "get a smile."