Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mealtime Hidden Rules Social Skills Printable

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You might not realize just how many hidden rules there are regarding mealtime, but think of all those phrases your own mother probably said to you at some point: "Chew with your mouth closed," "Don't talk with your mouth full," or "Elbows off the table." Those are exactly the types of hidden rules that kids with hyperlexia or autism will not pick up on, so it's important to explicitly teach this rules to them.

This free hidden rules social skills printable for kids covers a variety of expected and unexpected behaviors regarding mealtime.

Free hidden rules social skills printable about mealtime 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 mealtime 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. Pair it with these other mealtime strategies and your kids will be mealtime pros in no time!

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 www.socialthinking.com. 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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