How Parents Can Help Children With Asperger’s

With the right support, a child with Asperger's can go far.

I should know. I have Asperger's, but thanks to the support of my parents (and some hard work), I have overcome many of the challenges of Asperger's.

If your child has Asperger's or a similar condition, you play a pivotal role in leading your child to success. Read on to learn how my parents helped me, and how you can help your child succeed too!Read More

5 Minutes to Confident Body Language (Guest Post)

Hi everyone! Today's post is by Nick from GoBodyLanguage.com. He shares how your body language can impact your confidence, and gives some excellent tips for improving your body language. His tips will help you both feel and look more confident, so read on!

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Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are is the title of a recent TED talk by Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, and with nearly 7 million people having viewed the talk, the world is finally becoming aware of the impact that our body language has not only on how others perceive us but how we perceive ourselves.

We have cognitive dissonance to thank for that, which describes a process wherein we hold two or more conflicting ideas about ourselves, which are in disagreement with one another. Our mind protests this disagreement, and if we hold these conflicting notions for some period of time, the mind will eventually try its best to bring each conflicting idea closer to the other.

In case the previous paragraph were a bit confusing, let me break it down more simply: if you're an unconfident person who forces him/herself to use confident body language, over time you will actually start to feel more confident as a result. Your mind will actually alter your unconfident feelings to become more in line with the confident body language you are using.

With this understanding in mind, let's cover some of the quick things you can do in the next 5 minutes to make your body language more confident. Remember that if you force yourself to consistently use this type of confident body language, over time you will actually being to feel more confident.Read More

How To Speak With Confidence & Authority

The way you speak matters.

If you don't sound like you expect respect, you might not get it.

Fortunately, you don't need to be a natural leader to speak with authority, or the king of self-esteem to speak with confidence. With a little practice, anyone can begin to speak with authority and confidence.

Don't believe me? Just keep readingRead More

One Simple Rule to Overcome Anxiety

Fear often keeps us from the things we want.

Maybe we want to go talk to that guy, or ask that girl out, or go to that party. But we're afraid.

What if  he doesn't want to talk to me?

What if she says no?

What if I feel awkward at the party?

In the moment, these fears can seem really big. And when our fears are big, we play it safe, which means we avoid the things we really want to do.

Fortunately, there's one simple rule you can use to give yourself courage.Read More

Review of Being Frank – Great Book for Kids with Asperger’s.

Although most of the visitors to Improve Your Social Skills are adults, I do get a lot of questions from parents who are interested in social skills training for their kids. Sometimes it's because the kids have Asperger's or a similar condition, and sometimes it's just because kids are kids and need a little help learning the social skills.

While Improve Your Social Skills (and most other resources) can be adapted to work with kids, it's great to find resources that are specifically designed for kids. That's why I'm excited to tell you about Being Frank, a book about a kid named Frank who is, well, too frank.Read More

Check out GoBodyLanguage.com

Hey guys! I know things have been a little quiet at Improve Your Social Skills recently, but never fear -- cool things are in the works, and you'll be able to see the fruits of my labor soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about a cool new resource for learning body language. It's called GoBodyLanguage.com, and I recommend it highly. It's comprehensive, has videos, and best of all it's totally free (at least at time of writing.)

There's tons of body language books out there, but it's tough to translate a picture on a page to a real-life person, so the videos really make GoBodyLanguage stand out. It's free, so click on over today!Read More

Telling Stories in Conversation

Stories put your ability to connect into overdrive. People are wired for storytelling, and the easiest way to someone's heart is not through their stomach but through storytelling.

Unfortunately, it's easy to tell a story badly.  You've probably been subject to rambling storytellers that take forever to get to the point -- or worse, don't seem to have a point at all. On occasion, you've probably also been one of those storytellers on occasion (sorry!)

Fortunately, it's also easy to tell a story well -- if you know how. There's just three things you need to remember.Read More

Online Social Skills Training Group

EDIT: This group is not currently active. However, I do offer social skills coaching. If you thought this group would be helpful, social skills coaching is also likely to be helpful for you.

Mr. Rogers once said "You don't choose a job and expect not to work hard. But you can expect that you don't have to do it alone. Nobody should have to do it alone"

Social skills improvement can be a tough job, and you do need to work hard. But you don't have to do it alone.

Two of my friends who are professional counselors are starting an online social skills workshop, geared at folks who want to improve their social skills in a group environment. It's an incredible opportunity for you to turbocharge your social skills improvement, so keep reading to get the details!Read More

3 Hobbies That Teach Social Skills

Social skills improve with practice. The more time you spend interacting with others, the better you become at social interaction (makes sense, right?)

Unfortunately, finding the opportunity to practice can be difficult. If you want to be a better runner, you can lace on your shoes and run around the block, but if you want to get better at social skills, where do you go to practice?

That's what this article is all about. Sit tight, and I'll tell you three of my favorite hobbies that helped me improve my social skills -- and that can help you, too!Read More