Taz is so calm today. It is becoming an obvious pattern. On the days when I have class he is an anxious wild mess. We really have to work on relieving this anxiety. In the past it has helped for him to do something for me while I was gone and I did something for him. We will have to try that tomorrow.
Anyway, this transition into high school youth group is not going smoothly. He is so insecure and is emotionally immature. We have tried role playing. We have talked about certain behaviors that are making things worse and are not getting anywhere. So here is the new plan. I don't know if it will work but, hey, it is worth a shot. We are going to back up. These deficits have always been there but have been more noticeable with each grade. So we are going back to some preschool age social skills. I'm getting out the play dough and we will talk. I will be very much focused on that age and communication without really pointing out that I am doing this. I think tomorrow we will go to the pool and spend some time in the pool playing together like this. Water color painting, finger painting and reading together. And we will work our way forward. I don't know if this will help. It can't hurt!
If any of you have had success in building social skills PLEASE share.