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Social skills lesson plan – Use board games to help autistic children

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Years 3-6

It’s important that we don’t try and make an autistic child ‘conform’ or socialise in situations that they clearly find overwhelming and uncomfortable. What we can do, however, is bring children together in a structured and interesting task where they can:

  • learn about getting along together
  • discover the skills they possess
  • pick up new skills

We can teach knowledge, skills and understanding to all children, so that every child can feel more confident and comfortable in social situations.

What they’ll learn

  • Being flexible when responding to others’ actions
  • Communicating for a purpose
  • How to deal with differences of opinion and arguments
  • How to self-regulate their emotions and deal with losing

Lynn McCann is an ASC specialist teacher and author. Browse more resources for Autism Acceptance Week.

Social skills lesson plan
Social skills lesson plan – Use board games to help autistic children
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