Social Skills Tip of the Day – The Power of Rehearsal
– Megan Lange, MA, ED, CDI Theraputic Group Specialist
Rehearsing scenarios before entering a social situation is a powerful tool to support your child. If you are going out to eat, role- play you being the waiter/cashier and taking your child’s order. Have your child use his highest level of communication to place his order; verbally, pointing, etc. If possible, make pretend menus with your child by cutting out his favorite foods and pasting them on a paper or get copies of menus from his favorite restaurants to practice with. After a while, switch roles with him and he can be the waiter/cashier and you can place your order with him. Let your imaginations go wild and play restaurant. Include opportunities to reinforce good table manners.
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