The Social Songs

  1. Let’s Play Tag: This song models the script for a lively, interactive game of Tag. "Chase me! Chase me! You can't get me!" "Run! Run! I'm gonna get you!" "I got you! You're It!" The kids take turns being "It," and at the end of the game, the music tells us that they are happy and exhausted.

  2. First-Then: We teach 'first-then' as a way to use kids' favorite activities to help them to learn other things. "First work, then music." But a number of 'first-then' sequences are unchanging and natural in daily life: "First night, then morning." "First socks, then shoes." Here is a happy take on 'First, then,' with an open instrumental verse to talk about another first-then.

  3. Helping at School: This song rolls happily along through daily activities at school, from walking off the bus to cleaning up at the end of the day. There's an open instrumental verse for talking about other ways that kids help out. Syncopated music and sing-along syllables just for fun, create an upbeat attitude about helping at school.

  4. Play At Recess: From the opening notes of the introduction, this music evokes the promise of outdoor enjoyment. Here is a musical invitation to come out and participate in some fun! The lyrics model simple scripts children can use to invite a peer to play, or to respond to an invitation.

  5. Bathroom: Bathroom time may not be the child's favorite, and who could blame him? It is a lot to deal with:  the transition, the hard-surfaced room that echoes, and clothing to manage, just for starters. Appealing music and simple, accessible lyrics help to sweeten the story, from waiting for a turn, to washing up.

  6. Ask For Help: "Uh-oh, my zipper's stuck!" Three frustrating experiences are transformed into proud moments after the child asks for help. And when Dad asks for help, it's the child's turn to be the helper. Bada-boom, Bada-boom, Bada-boom!

  7. I Can Share: Here are three ways to share with a friend. An open instrumental verse is an opportunity to talk about other ways we can share with friends.

  8. Transition Song: "Now it's time for something new. Check your schedule." After the simple musical directions, an instrumental finish is background music as kids follow through. A long version of the Transition Song has an extended instrumental finish to accommodate larger groups or slower responders.

  9. I Need A Break: Everyone needs a break sometimes. Here is a story about asking for the break, finishing a little more work first (a step that may be in the child's behavior plan), then taking the break by sitting relaxed and quiet for a while, and feeling better at last. "I'm all done with my break!"

  10. Free Time: This song encourages kids who may gravitate to the same activity every day, to think about other choice-time options. During the open-verse ending, kids can make their own free time choices, or even plan their own 'first, then' free time schedule.

  11. Surprise: An unexpected event may shift from feeling unsettling to merely interesting, once we have a word to label the event as a Surprise, and have some comfort with the concept of surprises. A Surprise might even be fun! Here are five events out of the ordinary, in a reassuring musical context. There is an open-verse ending for talking about the extra pictures, or an upcoming Surprise!

  12. Down Time: Here is a song about settling down for some quiet time. The music creates a lovely, soothing mood for this lullaby about a relaxed down time, and some of the ways we might like to enjoy it.
Some songs include a verse without lyrics, and photographs without captions, so that the teacher or parent might personalize the experience if desired. She might speak or sing to the child about a ‘Surprise’ that they have shared. He might describe the pictures, or talk about things that will happen ‘first’ and ‘then’ today.

An instrumental version of each song adds a custom listening or karaoke sing-along opportunity. The songs may be expanded and personalized. For example, kids might select icons from the class schedule to arrange in 'first, then' pairs to sing. They might select icons of recess activities available on their playground. ’Do you want to hula hoop? Yes I want to hula hoop. O-o-kay. Le-et's play!'

For more information about how Social Songs can help your student with autism, check out Fun For Kids.