Most adults and children are familiar with the game of charades. One person acts out a behavior, word, phrase, thought, or feeling, and the other players have to guess what it is. Asperger’s Disorder children can be good at guessing behaviors or words but are quite poor at guessing feelings. Playing charades where the focus is on acting out feelings gives the Asperger’s Disorder child a fun way to learn how to read the emotions of others.
Your child may not want to act out feelings and probably will prefer to act out something related to his favorite interest. This is fine because you can be the one to act out emotions and have him guess what feeling you have. Charades involve hand signals at the beginning so the players know what category to guess in. You can create a feelings signal by making a big smile and tracing your finger over your mouth. Your child has to guess what behavior and/or situation you are doing and what feeling you are having about the behavior. Look to your child’s feelings poster to be sure to vary the feelings you act out.