Using Music to Teach Greetings
Social skills can be difficult for people with Autism and other sensory processing disorders. Here are examples of how to use music to teach the steps for greeting someone and introducing yourself.
♫ Tune in - identify the steps you wish to teach for greeting someone and introducing yourself.
♫ Tune up – put those steps in a song that you can easily repeat. Try using a melody from another familiar song, like “This Old Man”. (When you meet someone new, here is what you have to do: Say hello, tell them your name, smile and listen to their name. Say “nice to meet you” and shake their hand.” Help your child practice the steps after learning them through the song.
♫ Tune out – help your child practice these steps without the song and try them out. Start with people he is familiar with first, before trying them with new people.
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