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Turkey Leg:
TLDR: A young relative has an extremely bright 2nd grader. (Let's call him Joe.) He occasionally has trouble reading social cues. Is there a set of YouTube videos or a website that might help cultivate social skills? They don't mind paying, but free would be preferred.

About the boy:
- 7 years old
- has been the verbal target of his class' bully, but so have other kids (Joe is tall and solidly built, so his parents aren't too worried about physical bullying)
- very smart: into engineering, computers, robotics, can read like crazy (he read "Moby Dick")
- has a few friends

He just doesn't pick up on social cues some time. For example, during the summer when at the school for orientation, he was walking with his parents and passed one of his friends who said, "Hi, Joe." He didn't respond at all. Later a girl started talking to him, and he basically ignored her. He doesn't do this all of the time, so his parents think maybe some training could help him recognize situations where he should respond.


My son is 7years old and in 2nd grade. He was diagnosed with autism and is similar to the boy you describe. My son is very mild autism, but Iím happy for the diagnosis because he gets social skills classes at school through his IEP. I would highly recommend that the parents of the boy talk to his teacher about getting resources at school. My son gets pulled out of class for pragmatic language counseling with the speech pathologist. He gets group social skills classes with the social worker. Itís probably a $500 value a month! He is so much happier at school since we got him these services!! Please talk to the school! He doesnít need an autism diagnosis to get help. Almost every kid can get some kind of help just by the parents requesting it. We also do social skills classes in the summer at a local counseling center. Itís $50 per group class. All the kids are quirky and they practice throwing a birthday party for a stuffed animal or little scenarios that could lead to ďbig emotionsĒ. Itís very cute and helps a lot!!

former player:
I'm not sure why the default here is video?  Time spent with adults who knowingly model good social behaviour is probably the best way to go - EverythingisNew's suggestions are excellent - but as the kid is such a good reader a book on good manners could also work.

Autism Speaks has a lot of good information and links to resources: https://www.autismspeaks.org

National Autism Resources also has links to games, books, and resources: https://nationalautismresources.com/social-skills/

Personally, I like using Social Stories with younger kids on the spectrum (and even for younger kids not on the spectrum) to teach social expectations/rules: https://carolgraysocialstories.com

Turkey Leg:
Thank you for the resources. I've been going through them. Good stuff!


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