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10 Games That Teach Social Skills

What’s inside this article: 10 games that teach social skills to children. Includes how playing games builds social skills, and what skills are learned while playing individual games. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. In childhood, play is the basis of almost all learning. Research shows that play-based learning is more effective than other teaching …

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These Are The 6 Most Important Social Skills for Kids to Have

What’s inside this article: The six most important social skills for kids to have, with tips for how to practice, teaching strategies, and the benefits of having strong social skills. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Socializing is an aspect of everyday life, and having strong social skills will help your child find success as …

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Guide: Teaching Kids Assertive vs Aggressive Communication

What’s inside this article: Tips for teaching children how to communicate assertively, rather than aggressively. Explains the key differences between these communication styles, and includes a printable activity for kids. We spend about 30 minutes each day doing activities that help the family develop social-emotional skills – the focus this week is communicating assertively, not …

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Tips for Improving Speech in Autistic Children

What’s inside this article: Some tips to help improve speech in autistic children. This is part of a 7 part communication skill series for parents. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. In autistic children, language skills can vary significantly from child to child. Kids may or may not develop “typical language”, but most do eventually develop some form of communication.  …

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Joint Attention and Autism

What’s inside this article: Information about joint attention that is easy for parents to understand. Includes examples of joint attention, a list of joint attention skills, and strategies and games that can help build their social skill. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If your child struggles with communication and social skills, you may hear …

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Expressive VS Receptive Language

What’s inside this article: The meaning of both expressive language and receptive language, but how these skills can differ in children on the autism spectrum. Includes links to resources to help develop these skills. If your child sees a speech-language pathologist or has had a psychoeducational assessment, you may have heard the terms expressive and …

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15 Best Autism Apps for Kids & Parents

Apps can be used by parents and teachers as a tool to help autistic children improve social development, encourage the generalization of skills, provide structure and consistency, and assist with communication and self-regulation. There are a lot of choices out there, so after much testing, I put together a list of the best autism apps. …

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Emotion Chart: A Simple Way To Check In On Your Child’s Feelings

What’s inside this article: Tips, as well as free printable emotions charts for kids, to help children learn how to identify and express their feelings. Figuring out what your child is feeling, and why they feel that way, can be hard. It may be even more difficult for your child. An emotion chart can help …

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Echolalia Isn’t Meaningless – 12 Ways Autistic Children Use it to Communicate

A lot of people falsely believe that there are no functions of echolalia. In other words, they think there is no communicative meaning to echolalia at all. However, new research suggests otherwise. Other’s may not understand the intent of the echolalic phrase – but that doesn’t mean it’s meaningless. It means if we can figure out …

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Childhood Development: Language and Communication Milestones

Childhood development is extremely complex. It undoubtedly involves such a vast number of abilities that it would be impossible to place it all perfectly in a sequential list.  These lists are intended to show you some of larger language and communication milestones in the order that they would typically develop for children. This list does …

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