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    Hi. I took my 10.5 year old son out of the public school system yesterday and enrolled him in an umbrella school. I found Time4Learning and I'm anxious to get him started on this curriculum. Dylan is mildly autistic, ADHD, and severely bipolar. He loves the computer, and I think this learning method will be much better for him.

    One of my primary concerns right now is social and behavior issues (especially anger management). Are there any programs available for children who are significantly delayed in this area? I don't know where to turn since almost everything out there is related to academic courses.

    Any ideas?

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    Hi, Cindy. Although I have no experience with the specific kind of program you are looking for, I wanted to welcome you!

    I have used products from the Remedia catalog for my special needs son. I notice they have board games designed to teach social skills. Their website is http://www.rempub.com/ .

    I have also found valuable resources in the Integrations catalog. Their website is http://www.integrationscatalog.com/ .

    Are you interested in computer-based activities, or print resources?

    T4L users, help Cindy out here.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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    Thank you so much for those links! I found some awesome resources that I am ordering from the Remedia website you listed. That is the exact type of stuff I am looking for. They have some great tools to teach basic life skills as well, which I have been looking for. Thanks again!

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    Cindy,

    My son is in the Autism Spectrum, also. Since poor social skills is a hallmark feature of Autism, this is a life-time situation with those with Autism.

    I have found role-playing to be the most effective solution for working with my son. I explain a scenario and then we act it out; sometimes many times a day. He must memorize how to react, because the reasoning isn't always there. So, the key elements from different scenarios are memorized. I also just work on one skill at a time and do not change unless he appears to have mastered it or is extremely bored with it. Since I believe in "spiral teaching", we frequently re-visit former lessons.

    You can do a search on Social Skills Training or Teaching or Social Skills Difficulties and find many websites to help you. Purchasing a book is the easiest way to do this as it doesn't require planning on your part.

    I've heard that their software is great: http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/

    Two of my favorites:

    http://www.superduperinc.com/index.html
    http://www.theraproducts.com/

    Great planning sheets: http://www.cccoe.net/social/skillslist.htm

    Great info and samples: http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/soc ... lgray.html
    http://www.proedinc.com/Scripts/default.asp

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    Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World by Christine Fields is a great book that I've used for a long time.

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    Cindy, I am just reading your inquiry...but what might be helpful is using what is frequently used in many Special Ed classrooms for kids with behavioral issues. The basic point sheet. IDentify behaviors for which the child is rewarded...and behaviors that are undesireable and for which they are not rewarded, but in fact, lose rewards. I found a great piece of software that manages this for my ADHD grandson.... it's called Easy Child. It's very successful for us...but Cam's accustomed to the point sheet concept. If unfamiliar, you might have a bit of resistance to the idea.

    Here's a link: http://www.easychild.com/

    Robin

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    Hi Cindy,

    I know this is a bit late for your original post, but I wanted to add something many of you may already be aware of as some of the resources touched on this issue. But, most Autistic and ADHD kids struggle with Dysfunction in Sensory Integration. If you have not already come across www.out-of-sync-child.com, I would highly recommend researching and reading The Out of Sync Child and its companion The Out of Sync Child Has Fun.

    This book/website will help you understand DSI and offers LOADS of practical strategies to cope and make learning and life more pleasurable and positive for these kids (and adults)!

    Another thing we've done in our home (since most of our time is now spent there) is to eliminate toxic household and personal products. I've seen a tremendous improvement in my daughter over the past year with these combined efforts.

    I commend your efforts and am thrilled that you found T4L so quickly. It has been a true blessing for us!

    Best regards,
    Anne
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    Cindy,

    Our 13 year old has ADHD and BP; we are very familiar with anger issues. We just started this program as our primary homeschool program. So far, it is better than others used this year.

    Our son is on medication, gets counselling, and sees his psychiatrist. Some days are better than others. He is intelligent, but will only do schooling for short periods.

    Jim

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    Hi, Jim. I want to welcome you and your son to this forum.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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