Social Smarts helps all children improve their social relations and communication skills. It is especially helpful for children who tend to misread social cues, including those who have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome or are at any other position on the Autism Spectrum. Social skills and communication are two of the five dimensions measured by the AQ (Autism Spectrum Quotient) assessment instrument (Baron-Cohen et al 2001).
There are multiple levels of play in order to make the game fun and challenging for players in grades 2-6 (or older for special needs students). Facilitators have options of (1) using the Bonus Cards, (2) varying the number of cards put out to match, and (3) replacing the cards as they are matched and taken off the playing area. Playing time is flexible from 20 minutes–45 minutes for 2-5 players
Learning Objectives–Players will:
- Understand better the differences between appropriate and inappropriate social thought and communication by comparing and contrasting the examples in the game.
- Learn pro-social thought and communication skills by modeling the positive examples in the game.
- Contrast the specific examples in the game with their own thoughts and behaviors, and discuss ways to improve their skills.
- Improve their level of comfort in a variety of social situations.
- Improve their social skills both in reacting to others and initiating their own communications.