Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eating at a Restaurant Hidden Rules Social Skills Printable

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For many years, we avoided eating out at restaurants with our kids because of the sensory issues that frequently overwhelmed J as a preschooler. It was simply just too much for him to handle whenever we did try! Now that he is older and we have eaten out at a restaurant numerous times, he has a good understanding of all the hidden rules of eating at a restaurant. However, I realize that he too struggled with these hidden rules during his preschool years. He was not only overwhelmed, but he also didn't know what was expected of him while eating out.

This free social skills printable about the hidden rules of eating at a restaurant is a perfect way for kids with autism and/or hyperlexia to go over the expected and unexpected behaviors involved. It would have been the perfect tool for him back then!

Free hidden rules social skills printable about eating out at a restaurant from And Next Comes L

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About this Hidden Rules Social Skills Printable

Kids with hyperlexia and/or autism need to be taught social skills directly. They often struggle deciphering what the expected and unexpected behaviors are surrounding social situations. I particularly like to use the language of expected versus unexpected instead of good versus bad, thanks to the Social Thinking Curriculum, which is why you will see that language used on this printable.

Simply print, cut, and laminate (optional) the behavior cards and the sorting chart. Then work together with your child to sort the behaviors into what is expected when it comes to eating out at a restaurant and what is not expected. Be sure to discuss why the behaviors go into which category.

With enough practice, hopefully the understanding of these expected and unexpected behaviors can transfer over and become well-learned social skills for your child.

This “hidden rules pack” references vocabulary from Social Thinking®, which is a teaching framework originated by Michelle Garcia Winner, consisting of the Social Thinking Vocabulary, social concepts and strategies, original characters, and curricula with specific materials geared to different age ranges spanning preschool children to adults. Learn more at This printable pack is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.

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