Developing the skills of people with special needs in children

Reading and understanding social cues is not easy for children with special needs. Here are a dozen activities you can do with your child to help them improve their social skills, increase their ability to communicate visually, understand terms, understand feelings and language of faces, as well as increase the ability to focus on a topic. One. All activities are nice, and you can choose what suits your child.

* Support visual communication capability
Good non-reluctant visual communication communicates a message that you are ready to listen, are interested in what they are saying, and that you are confident in your ability to listen.

Visual communication can be difficult for some children, so you can try some nice tricks, such as:
1. Conduct an eye contact contest with children who are competitive.
2. You can stick a sticker on your forehead in the form of eyes, and ask the child to look at them, the advantage here is that he can focus on the image of the eyes without feeling danger and threat.
3. You can also ask him for optical communication while on the swing; where he looks at you for example, while away, and come into contact with his foot when approaching you.

* Support the ability to understand idiomatic phrases
Idiomatic or symbolic phrases can not be understood by ordinary children, and of course they are more difficult for people with special needs, and may push them to the edge, and to overcome this problem you can use:
1. Picture books that explain these terms in an easy way.
2. Internet.
3. You can also help your child make his own book, where he writes the term and draws a picture next to him that is easy to understand.
4. You can also use the game to help him understand these terms .. You put two sets of “cards” and one of the terms and the other images, and ask him to match the term and his image.

* Support the ability to read faces and interpret feelings
This skill is important at home, at school and on the playground. Many misunderstandings arise from children who misinterpret others’ feelings, and sometimes children confuse different looks; they confuse the look of disappointment and anger, or may confuse a nervous person with a funny person, and to train your child On these feelings you can experience these thoughts:
1. Fawazir feelings
Instead of using movie titles, animals, or other typical words, use emotions, write words that express emotions on pieces of paper, rotate to choose a sheet of cards and then act on the role in the game according to the word written on them, and you can replace words written with pictures Emotions appear if children prefer it, and the face image can be drawn instead of acting.You can make it more difficult by setting a rule not to draw the face.Instead, they should express the feeling by drawing body language or indicating aspects of the situation that leads to These feelings (as a Thal grief, you can draw a child sitting alone on a bench, or on a rainy day, and so on).

2. Game mirrors
Face games are a way to stimulate social interaction, and like in acting classes, you can try “imitating” with an autistic child.For example, touch your nose or take out your tongue.Make sure he or she imitates you, and make funny faces that the child can imitate. Children with social skills deficits often have difficulty reading expressions and interacting socially, so activities that make them more comfortable with these situations are a great idea.

3. Bingo game / or matching game
You can use images from the printable emotions game as bingo boards, and you can also cut them and make a matching set of written words or other similar faces, after which you can play matching cards.

* Support the ability to focus in one topic
When people have a conversation, they choose a topic to discuss.Each person adds something to the conversation until the conversation ends or changes the topic.This is different for children, especially those with special needs.It is difficult for them to stay in the topic, and to participate in a regular conversation.Here are some activities to help them Stay within the topic and complete the conversation.

1. Game theme
Select a subject (name of boy / girl / animal / country / fruit / vegetable, etc.), specify a particular letter, and compete in the names of things starting with this letter (vegetables, fruit or countries starting with the letter A, then the letter B, then T and so on).

2. Step towards conversation
A step towards conversation is an electronic learning tool that provides children with autism the structure and support they need for interactive conversations.It consists of a set of cards with basic conversations.Each conversation has empty areas for the child to fill, and each card has icons that remind the child to stand, look, talk, listen, and after Complete the sentence and remind them to listen to it in full.

3. Improvisational storytelling
To play this game, place images of different emotions upside down on the table, and then the players together decide some basic elements of the story in which they should appear (for example, a spacious house with a garden, a banana tree, a monkey, etc.), and the goal is to rotate the players to Make a narrative, based on each other’s ideas, taking advantage of all the basic elements of the story agreed by the players.

To start, the first player chooses a card and begins to narrate, and can take the story in any direction he likes, but he must incorporate the emotion that appeared to him on the card, and after a minute or two, the next player selects another card and follow the narration, and players continue to rotate until they use all the elements Basic story, and come to a satisfactory conclusion.

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