Learning and Sharing

Applying Strategies

on November 14, 2013


The Thanksgiving holiday is coming soon.  I thought it would be a good time to practice coping strategies, social problem solving, and social thinking as they would apply to the social demands of a family gathering.

Some of the Lunch Buddies, including the adults, do not like the sound of “No”.  I thought it was important that we all learn how to accept “No” for an answer.  We read Julia Cook’s book about R.J. and how he learned a coping strategy to take “No” for an answer.


His teacher taught him the following:



These are great strategies to remember during the holiday time when we might hear “No” often.

Next, we made a list of all the coping strategies that we use on a regular basis.

white board

Then we used some cards with Thanksgiving social scenarios written on them (from and available for purchase at When we read the scenario we checked our list and picked all the best strategies that would help us figure out what to do.


It was a great exercise in applying strategies.  It is sometimes difficult to use strategies “in the moment”, but the more we practice the more comfortable we become with how to use strategies.

My Best,



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