Let’s be Social: Making Friends

By Everyday Speech October 6, 2014

View Let's be Social on the App StoreThis blog post is part of a multi-part series on the lessons that come standard in our app, Let’s be Social. Each post breaks down why we included this particular story, with commentary from Brittany Lehane, CCC-SLP, as well as a short overview of our lesson.

With 40 lessons standard and premium video lessons, Let’s be Social has become a go-to app iPad app for Speech Pathologists, Special Education Teachers, Behavioral Professionals, and Parents to use with those learning social skills, including those who have autism. To learn more about Let’s be Social and hear why it’s been called a “dream come true”, check it out here.

Why Making Friends?

For kids with social impairments, making friends can be really hard. The Making Friends lesson in Let’s be Social teaches ways of interacting that can result in forming friendships. It lays the foundation for forming a friendship and the many other skills that can be practiced and learned along the way. A lot of my students want to make friends but aren’t sure how to go about it. It’s important to start with the idea of reaching out to people and teaching how to be more social, and the friendships will follow from there.

Our Lesson

Making FriendsFriends play together and have fun. They are nice to each other. When Rachel sees a group of kids playing on the playground, she wants to play too. She should ask to join them. She shouldn’t interrupt their game, but she should show she is interested by asking what they are doing. When the group tells her that they are playing kickball, she says “I love kickball. Can I join a team?” Rachel joins the group. She feels happy. She likes playing with friends!

Note: The information above is provided as a resource only, and in no way replaces the services performed by an ASHA-certified Speech Language Pathologist.


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