One-On-One Peer Communication
Children with social deficits may also respond well to engaging in one-on-one activities with a classmate who is not impaired in communication skills. Typically overseen by a special education teacher, an aide, or a school guidance counselor, these peer-to-peer exercises encourage the child in need of social intervention to "model" appropriate behaviors. The child may wish to ask a friend of his or her choice to participate, or a teacher may ask for volunteers.
Some examples of two-way communication activities include:
• playing board games. Through playing games such as Connect Four and Candy Land (for younger kids) or checkers and Scrabble (for older kids), students can develop social skills such as taking turns and dealing graciously with winning and losing.
• working together on a craft or project. When working with a partner to design a poster or make an art project, a student learns to listen to another person's ideas, share materials, and collaborate as a team.
• conversing back and forth. Kids can improve their conversational skills by chatting with a classmate about interests, family life, and school. An adult can help by naming a certain topic and asking both kids to look directly at one another and take turns discussing the topic. (Ex.: "Do you have a dog, Johnny?" "Yes, Suzie, I have a black dog named Midnight. Do you have a dog?")