“Gobble” Up these social thinking thoughts

"Gobble" Up these social thinking thoughts:

There are many opportunities for great social thinking moments during Thanksgiving. There could also be social "goofs." Here are a few things to talk about before Thanksgiving and remind your child again as you get there:

If you will be going to someone else's home for Thanksgiving, talk with your child about complimenting the host/hostess. Complimenting means saying something nice to someone. When you compliment someone, it makes them feel good. They have good thoughts about you- "Aunt Jane, the turkey tastes good," " Grandma, I like the mashed potatoes," "The stuffing is yummy."

On the other hand, if you don't like certain foods, you don't need to say anything. You don't have to eat the rest, but use your "social filter" and keep it as thoughts in your brain. If you say, "I don't like it," the person who cooked it may feel sad. If you are offered something you don't want/like, just say, "No thank you," and the person who offered it would feel OK.

Social thinking is all about you needing to think about others and the effect you have on others -- based upon what you say/don't say and what you do/don't do. What you do can have positive or negative effects on others whether you want it to or not.

Here are some Thanksgiving jokes to help practice figurative/abstract language and understanding humor. These are good for upper elementary school/Middle School aged children. Talk with them about why the jokes are funny. If you feel that these may be too difficult for your child, write down two choices, one that doesn't make sense and the correct answer. See if he/she can find the right answer. Then talk about the "double" meanings:

How are a turkey, monkey, and a donkey alike?
They all have KEYS.

What is Dracula's favorite holiday?

Why didn't the turkey eat dessert?
He was stuffed.

What are unhappy cranberries called?

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