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Hi, I’m Lucy, co-owner of Social Butterfly School. And this week’s topic: teenagers and social situations. Teenagers on the spectrum find it hard to navigate the complexities of daily social interactions. They can have problems understanding facial expressions and body language, adjusting to new social situations, solving social problems like disagreements,  understanding unwritten social rules and sharing interests with other teenagers.

Some strategies you can do at home to support your teenager with

First, social stories can be useful for explaining social rules. For example,  respecting personal boundaries or when to share political views.

Role play is another good way to practice social skills. For example, asking a classmate to get together during the weekend.

And third, watching TV programs. You can record an episode of a TV show and pause it and talk to your teen about what they would do in that situation.

Make sure to check out our website where you can see our other tips of the week and learn more about our virtual social skills group.

See you next time!