One useful tool for improving social understanding and communication is the Social Story.
A Social Story™ describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience.The goal of Social Stories is not to change behavior, but to improve understanding which in turn may lead to better responses. Although Social Stories were initially developed for children with autism, they have been successful with a variety of children.
It is my experience that Social Stories are used in response to a problem behavior. We probably don't write enough Stories reflecting what students are doing well. Carol Gray, the professional who developed Social Stories, says:
"Do keep in mind that at least 50% of all Stories developed for any person should congratulate of applaud current skills/abilities/personality traits/ or concepts that the person does well".Why not write a social story about a child's accomplishment today! To get help on "how to", look here.