Social Dance

The Social Dance: Helping Your ASD Teen Step to the Beat of Social Cues

Are you sometimes left scratching your head at how your ASD teen interprets (or misinterprets) the social tango? Let’s dive into the world of social cues with a dash of humour, a pinch of patience, and a whole lot of love.

Navigating the Social Seas: For ASD teens, reading social cues can be like trying to solve a puzzle in the dark. It’s not that they don’t want to understand; it’s just that the social world often speaks a different language.

1. The Mystery of Social Cues: Social cues are the unspoken rules of communication – the winks, nods, and subtle shifts that say so much. For our ASD teens, these can often fly under the radar.

2. Literal Interpretations: ASD teens might take things quite literally. When you say, “It’s raining cats and dogs,” they might just peek outside to check for falling felines and canines!

3. The Art of Conversation: Teaching the give-and-take of conversation is key. It’s like a tennis match; you serve the ball, and then you wait for it to come back.

4. Body Language Basics: Help your teen understand body language. A crossed arm or averted gaze can speak volumes.

5. Role-Playing Scenarios: Use role-play to practice social scenarios. It’s like dress rehearsal for the real-world stage.

6. Celebrating the Literal Mind: There’s beauty in the literal perspective of ASD. They bring a unique, often refreshing viewpoint to the world.

7. Patience in Misinterpretation: When social cues are missed, remember it’s not a lack of effort. Patience is your ally.

8. Professional Guidance: Seek support from therapists or counsellors who specialize in ASD. They’re like the social cue translators.

9. Encouraging Social Opportunities: Gently encourage social interactions in safe, supportive environments where they can practice these skills.

10. Embracing the Unique Social Style: Every ASD teen has their own social rhythm. Celebrate their unique way of interacting with the world.

Conclusion: Helping your ASD teen understand social cues is a journey filled with learning, laughter, and love. By embracing their unique perspective and guiding them through the social nuances, you’re not just teaching them about the world; you’re learning a whole new world yourself!

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