As we are ending the first year for my son, I am excited to report that he has grown socially beyond my expectations! He went from having zero friends in public school to having more friends than we could have ever expected. Each of his teachers work together with us to create a student team to help him capitalize on his strengths and create a strategy to assist him with the challenges that he faces every day. We are looking forward to next year!
—Sherri from Bridgetown, OH
Making friends is an important part of every child’s life, but it can be harder for a child with autism spectrum disorder. Children with autism often have a harder time making friends because they have trouble understanding facial expressions and body language, and adjusting to new social situations.
All Linden Grove School students participate in social skills classes two to four days a week. Studies show activities designed to increase social and emotional learning not only positively impact student social skills, attitudes and behavior, they also increase student performance on academic tests 10 percent or greater.
Depending on the grade level and a student’s individual competencies, social skills lessons utilize activities ranging from videos and role playing of positive social behaviors, to stories and conversations related to comic-book like heroes who help students interact positively with others at school, at home and in the community.
Throughout the day, LGS staff use class projects and other activities to reinforce positive social behavior and also take advantage of learning opportunities to help students understand how their words and actions affect others and themselves.
Each spring when LGS graduates are asked about their favorite memories from school, their answers are as diverse as the students themselves. But all agree friends are what they will miss the most as they move on to high school. Read more here.
You can give a student skills for successful social interactions. Read more here.
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