Holiday Cheers!

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3 Ways to Teach Saying Thank You! Even When You Don't Mean It!

Little kids get reminded by their parents all the time: “Say please.” “Say thank you.” This is how we start teaching politeness. Politeness and manners are such important social skills!

When friction develops, manners can keep a situation calm enough to talk it out instead of fighting. In normal everyday life, it is practice beginning to be able to take another’s perspective.

Think about it- who does saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ benefit? The speaker or the listener? Obviously, the listener or we wouldn’t have to work so hard to get kids into the routine of saying it!

3 Ways to teach children to say thanks- and why it is important! Looks Like Language
Although they may say it faithfully as a learned routine, children with autism may have a difficult time understanding why it is important. Even more difficult- saying thank you when you don’t like the gift!

To help with this important skill, I have 3 ideas for you today!










1. PRACTICE the ROUTINE

Politeness is such an important social skill!
Young or nonverbal children can benefit from practicing the routine. This adapted book set will let you put items that your students like and dislike in the presents to visually teach that we still say thank you. Opening presents is such a fun activity, even when it is make-believe!




Using shoebox to teach children to say thanks! Looks Like Language
Of course, having some decorated boxes to open up and see a real toy inside is a great activity to coordinate with the book. You can read more about it here.


2. USE WORDS to TALK about FEELINGS
Have fun practicing politeness with this free game from Looks Like Language!

This free game from my store gets kids identifying how receiving different toys would make them feel and giving an appreciative response anyway. Try it out here

(Kind feedback is always appreciated as a thank you!)





3. EXPLAIN  WHY

This social rules story can help your older children or students to begin to understand why it is important to say thank you for gifts we don’t really want. 

This social rules story explains why we say thank you!
The pictured page is filled in completely and can be used for bulletin boards.

The second page is a fill in the blank. You can use this page as a basis for discussion and letting your students fill in answers that are pertinent to their lives.

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Discussion questions could include:

* Did you ever get a present that you didn’t like?
* How did you react? What did you do or say?
* How did the person who gave you the gift react? What did they do or say?
* How did your reaction make them feel?
* Is that how you want that person to feel?
* What could you do differently next time?
* What could you say differently next time?
* How can you help yourself sound sincere? Sincere means you really mean it. We show that in our facial expressions, body language and tone of voice.


You can use all of these resources at holiday time or for birthdays! Enjoy!

Some More Holiday Cheer for You!

At holiday season, when our littles get even a bit more antsy than usual, it is good to have some quick, fun holiday activities to use. Open ended activities can be so helpful!

The children feel like they are playing a game instead of working, but it is easy to sneak your work in!

Try taping pictures of their vocabulary words or their speech targets on the backs of the cards. Then when they ask for a card, they are doing their work! Want to read more about this idea? Find it here.

You can also try asking them a question after they pick a card and let them help Santa answer it. That way, Santa made the mistake and you can get your student to model the correct answer for Santa! Kids love to pretend.

(Sometimes I love to pretend I'm in a quiet place somewhere sunny, myself!)



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Happy holidays!

Some Holiday Cheer for You!

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Happy holidays!
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