Santa’s Social Speech Session
better time to teach social skills to children with ASD than at Christmas!
would so approve.
believe that all children with autism want to please their parents, teachers,
friends, Santa and yes, their speech therapist. I believe they don't always know
how. In fact, I know they don't know how to make the right social choices. Many
people without ASD don't make good social choices either.
is a perfect time to make comparison lists of right vs. wrong, good compared to
bad and in Santa terms, between naughty and nice.
- Put two long pieces of paper
on your bulletin board/wall: one for a nice
list and one for a naughty list
(students can write, color, draw, paste, just add to them in any manner to
leave their mark on the naughty
or nice list)
- Encourage your students to
bring Santa pictures or to draw Santa as happy or sad
- Use the Social Stories books
or programs of your choice, social events that come up in school
activities or home, or write them together
- Use humor
- Use the lists in groups or
- Use the following lists to
help get you started with your students with ASD
purpose of this is to compare and make people with ASD socially aware of what they
choose to do and how others perceive their actions.
I looked online
and found the top ten ways to make Santa's naughty list
up early on Christmas morning to remove presents from everyone's stockings and
replacing them with coal
bad all year and then trying to "nice up" just before Christmas.
Remember- Santa watches you all year!
to put out carrots for the reindeer with Santa's cookie's and milk. They need
to eat too!
over the Christmas tree while wrestling with your brothers or sisters
your brothers and sisters what they are getting for Christmas from mom and dad
- Making a
mess and then blaming it on the dog, cat or your imaginary friend
down other people's snowmen
- Not sharing
your toys with your brothers and sisters
bundling up like your mother tells you to when it's cold outside
- Not wiping your feet before coming inside when
it's snowy out
I also found the
top ten ways to make Santa's nice list
your parents to donate food, toys and blankets to local charities for less
fortunate families during the holiday season.
out with chores -- without being asked!
a busy neighbor's sidewalk or driveway
Santa to bring your brother or sister that special toy you know they really
everyone you meet during the holidays a "Merry Christmas"
or telling stories to your little brothers or sisters
special Christmas cards or gifts for family and friends
Santa a "Merry Christmas!" when you call him on Christmas Eve
saying "please" and "thank you"
- Christmas Caroling
- Compare between
what is good and bad, naughty and nice, right and wrong
- Take turns among
the group members
- Find humor --
most of these will all be silly. Point that out
- Use common
sense in analyzing why it is right or wrong/naughty or nice
- Engage a
conversation by drawing in all members of the group
events such as how to prepare for Christmas caroling
the topic and let it flow into another one for an easy transition
asking questions by giving question starters such as "who, what, where,
is OH so SOCIAL
"Speech pathologists make good things
and so does Santa