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User Topic: How to help DS10? social skills/being bullied
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Default  Posted: 8:27 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Knights, the camps we joined are through the local University. It's a bit of a drive (about 45 minutes) but so worth it!! Anything like that in your area? They were an intellectual childs dream I tell you!!! We would have taken one every week this summer if it was in the budget. You should have seen the options. Greek Mythology camp, Ancient Egypt camp, at least 10 Lego Robotics camps of different types. Amazing stuff.

One thing I've learned with kids is to play to their strengths. I will stretch my kids to try new things but I always make sure to keep them engaged in something they love and excel at. My dd was the shyest, least athletic girl you could ever meet in elementary school. Then in grade 9 she had to take personal fitness. She was absolutely dreading it and had no self confidence. I must have hear how much she was dreading it every day for the summer before.

Well.. guess who loved it so much that she's taken every fitness course the high school offers? At 17 she is as fit and strong as any teenager I've ever met. She's confident, knows exactly who she is, and is planning to become a police officer. . She's amazing. This is the girl who was so shy and awkward in the 8th grade that she pretended to forget her gym clothes every day and almost failed the class.

Kids. They will surprise you. They will blossom under the right conditions and find their niche. They can overcome just about anything with unwavering support and love. One day you will look back and say "Remember when we were so worried about ds?"

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Default  Posted: 9:37 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Tushnurse, I think we will do some research/reading on other "different" people too. That's a great idea. I don't want him to be in the "popular" crowd. I just want him to be happy and have healthy self esteem.

I am right there with you. Given you are a self proclaimed Geek Family, and you are all comfortable with that will go a long way. You just have to find interests with similar folks for him to participate in. I know it's hard, and we want our kids to fit in, and be happy. However, some activities, my kid will never fit in, like sports. He just didn't get that team mentality, and they never fully accepted him, so sports went to the wayside. Sports he does/did do that he loved, Cross Country, and golf. More an individual thing, working to improve against yourself.

Just keep looking for clubs that will fit his groove, and find his passion. Robotics is awesome, and if it isn't a club at your schools, find out how to start one. Many companies like Boeing, Monsanto, and Engineering Universities often fund a school to get started.

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Default  Posted: 4:21 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Our community college offered a camp for middle schoolers, it had everything from Harry Potter, cooking, photography, fishing, sports, science in the environment, Pokemon, and many others. Maybe check them out. Also ask the guidance counselor at the school - they get notices of camps even if they aren't allowed to distribute the info.

Please talk to him about coming to you IF something like that ever happens again. He needs to know that if he felt that threatened to pick up a brick, he was scared. It is assault and the league needs to know to keep an eye on those kids. I hope this is an isolated incident. It needs to be.

Good luck,

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Default  Posted: 6:36 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I love the idea of a Lego group! I'm so glad you're being proactive on this. I hope you can incorporate your DS in some of the planning. It will help his self-esteem a great deal.

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DS, DD, and I had our first jujutsu class last night. He LOVED it! She even liked it. I like it too, but wonder WTF is wrong with me. Am I crazy? I'm 46 years old and not in the best shape.

Anyway, both kids were trying to chicken out before class and I think the fact that I was doing it too was one of the things that kept them going.

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Default  Posted: 5:39 PM, June 6th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


BR joined karate in 2007 with Dd who was 6. The deal was, Dd would stay in it if BR joined.

Since then BR has earned her black belt, had her own dojo, and then left that school and joined a now one that works with special needs kids where she was knocked back down the the beginning, so she'll have to get back to black belt. You never know what you're going to love

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I'm a special ed teacher for 6th graders and so deal a bunch with helping kids on my caseload with all types of disabilities/diagnosis with their social skills.

Here are a few things that I've found have worked. You have to stop and take the time to help him notice social cues and situations. My kids constantly interrupt my conversations that I am having with another student/ I have to stop, look at the interrupter and ask them, "Do you see what is happening here?" and they have to notice and describe the social situation. They then have to articulate that they need to wait their turn. Eventually I can signal/cue this with a hand gesture or a look...but the first few times they have to go through the practice of recognition. Also, I have several students that don't recognize facial, if I get angry with a student who I know has this difficulty, I will stop and ask that student to look at my face and I will him/her that this is my angry face...because they really do not recognize those cues or how to properly react to them...and so we work on that process. I do this for everything ("This is my proud face." "This is my irritated face." "This is my, 'I would like you to be quiet' face." "This is my 'wait your turn' face.") And then you have to get the kiddo to recognize those faces and cues with other people and peers so they react properly. It is TIME CONSUMING!!! Practice makes perfect, though. Feel free to PM me about any specifics and I'll let you know what I've tried with kids I've worked with.

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