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Social Skills Strategies for Parents and Teachers (page 2)

— State: Arizona Department of Education
Updated on Feb 25, 2011

Social Problem: Dealing with new situations

Parent Strategies

  • Parents can arrange to take their child or have him go with a friend to the new classroom or school to understand the layout of the campus or classroom. Have the child walk to each class, as he will on any given day once school starts.
  • If entering high school, have the child take a summer class at the high school. This will give the student time to feel like he fits in, with fewer students to deal with. Then when the school years starts with all 2000 students on campus, the student will automatically know his way around and won’t get confused or frustrated as easily by the layout of the campus.
  • Parents can inform others who will be new to the child’s routine about any issues that need to be addressed. These people might be the gym coach, music teacher, art teacher, bus driver, cafeteria workers, school nurse, school secretary, or volunteers on the playground. Parents might consider going into the classroom and discussing their child’s special needs with his new classmates.
  • Parents need to encourage their child to get involved with clubs and activities to have more opportunities to socialize with their peers.

Teacher Strategies

  • This can be debilitating, especially to older, less mature students who feel they are socially expected to be able to handle new situations as a young adult.
  • If a teacher suspects a student is apprehensive about a change in placement, on campus or in moving to a new campus or school, talk to him about his feelings.
  • Find out why the student feels that way—many times these fears can be easily relieved by identifying the root of their concerns.
  • It may be that the student has heard rumors that aren’t true.
  • It maybe that the student had a sibling or friend who had a bad experience.
  • It may be that the student is afraid of getting lost on a new campus.
  • It may be that the student is afraid of having to make new friends, deal with a new teacher, or even administrators.
  • It maybe that the student is afraid of having to change buses—or walk a different route.
  • It may be that the student’s disability presents limitations to accessibility around the campus and they are worried about getting to class.

Social Problem: Dealing with sarcasm

Parent Strategies

  • Work with the child to learn how to maintain his composure and stay calm. Sarcasm can be very hurtful without the other student realizing it. Children need to learn how to handle it by letting it bounce off and moving on. If a child tries to come back with his own sarcastic remarks, many times it can lead to anger on both sides and ultimately into fights.

Teacher Strategies

  • Work with the child one on one to teach him/her coping skills. This can be used as a group project as well by role-playing. Use case situations where both students continue to make sarcastic remarks (verbal ping-pong). The role-play where one of the two students successfully deter the remarks. Also see parent section.
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