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BuckeyeNutSarah posted:
Hello other moms and dads,

My son was "informally diagnosed" with Asperger's through his recent pre-school screening. They don't feel that he has Autism because his speech is too advanced, but he is having the social issues with other children his age and I am really confused on how to help him at home.

It says role-playing on the research I have read but I'm having trouble figuring out how to do that with a four year old. My son is sort of "overly social" he lacks the filter to know that he is over-doing it. He wants to hug and love and be everyone's best friend - especially adults.

So, any tips would be greatly appreciated. His pre-school already has an IEP and has assured me that he will be worked with but the thought of waiting until fall to have him worked with is very upsetting to me.
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KTsDaddy responded:
In order to role-play, you can assume the part of another adult who he tends to be overly affectionate towards. You can then say things like "I don't think I'm very comfortable with the hugs you give me all the time " and "I think you should save your hugs and kisses for the people you truly love."

You can then get an idea of how he feels on the subject by asking him what he thinks of the situation. You can even reverse role-play and ask how he would feel if he were the one receiving the attention.

Good luck!
 
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pmw68 responded:
There are many techniques that are used in social skills. Role playing is among the most widely used. Since our children and problems with filtering (one way of the other), concrete tactics usually work. For instance, if you have voice modulation issues, use a scale from 0 to 5: 0 being no voice and 5 loud/emergency voice. In our home I will use this to remind my son that he is at a 4, but he needs to be at a 1 (if we are in church or something).

Off hand, I can't think of a concrete technique for your situation, but Michelle Winner is a renowned author in creating viable results in social skills and children with autism. You might want to try going to her website (www.socialthinking.com ). Hope that helps and keep us posted.


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