and conversations have rhythm and flow.
Just like a beloved melody or a good joke, timing is everything. And yet, for some kids, this is just another
one of those social nuances that is not salient to them. Whether because they know everything there
is to know about a given subject, and love to share every one of those details
whenever possible, or because they simply have a hard time stopping once they
have started, being one of those kids who goes on and on and on puts them at a
pertains to all situations. The amount
we share with others can depend upon our relationship (we share more with
family and friends than strangers) and context (we share less when chatting at
a party than when we are out to dinner one-on-one). But for young children, those subtleties are too
confusing. Instead, we go with the adage
that during conversations, less is usually more.
and exciting” in our Social Adventures
Groups. Most of the kids in our
groups are 3-9 years old, so they are a bit too young to realize the impact
their monologues have on others.
Instead, we teach them to “keep it short and exciting” and we support
them visually with our Topic Train. We
made it using whiteboard and black tape and it looks like this:
3 important details (one in each car) and then passing the conversation along to
a friend with a question (caboose).
to each component of the train and this really helps organize them. We reinforce the fact that friends are
staying interested because the story is “short and exciting” and then (hopefully)
they get to experience natural positive reaction from friends; that is, lots of
questions and comments.
responders. So, we motivate them to participate by adding a puff of
steam to the sky around the engine every time someone asks a question or makes
a comment. Kids love to try to
completely fill the sky J
conversation along to a friend with a question like, “what did you do this weekend?” and we visually
prompt them by putting a question mark or question word in the caboose. Once the child asks the question, we erase
all of the train components and begin again with the next child.
and it should be available within a couple of weeks at the App Store. Here is a sneak peek:
just 3 details is very helpful for promoting a better understanding of what it
feels like to take the just right amount of talking time. As kids begin to internalize this feeling
and to master this early understanding of social timing, we can slowly begin to
introduce more advanced concepts.
teach many of the nuances of social cognition, check out our Social Adventures
apps, available for Apple devices at the App
Store and for all other smartphones, laptops, Macs and PCs… HERE.
Head, MS, CCC-SLP
all4mychild. It is our mission to
promote technology and other tools that bring people together. To this end, we have developed our Social
Adventures and Bag Game apps and we are in the final stages of producing our
Topic Train and FunTimer apps. We also
review children’s literature and share therapeutic ideas at all4mychild.com.
all4mychild has been extremely generous and provided codes for 2 of their apps to giveaway! These two apps promote conversation, turn-taking, questioning, problem solving and more!
Bag Game: This app allows students to place an image they have chosen into a bag. This hides the object from the rest of the group. The others must ask questions in order to guess the unknown item. The developers have recently updated this app to include fall themed items and now you can upload your own pictures. This could be great for working on classroom vocabulary and more!
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This comprehensive program was designed to address 7 key areas of social interaction created for use with young children, ages 4 to 9.
Use the Social Adventures App to teach:
– Initiating interactions
– Maintaining interactions
– Advocating and negotiating
– Getting regulated
– Interpreting nonverbals
– Negotiating personal space
– Experiencing humor
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Thank you all4mychild for your great guest blog post and a chance to win these amazing apps!