Autistic young people can find it difficult to read the social cues around them.  Other children can find it difficult to read the social communication of an autistic child.  Social Dectectives groups bring autistic and non-autistic children together to learn how to read the clues and cues between them and around them to make a 'good guess' as to what is going on.  Through board and card games children can enjoy learning together whilst talking about the ways that they communicate and understand each other. 

Resources for Setting Up A Social Dectectives Group For Autistic Pupils has been developed over many years through our direct work with pupils. It is aimed at Primary aged pupils but has also been used successfully at the beginning of Secondary school to help build friendships and confidence in the new environment that Year 7s have to navigate.  It is designed to be used alongside board and card games but could also work alongside Lego and other practical play activities where co-operation and communication is the key to achieving the task. 

This resource has only been available to schools who have bought us in for training and regular support until now....but we are please to say, that it is now available to order from us directly.  We do training for setting up social Dectectives Groups and Lego BasedTherapy if you want to develop these strategies more. 

Social Detectives

Conversation skills

We have our last pre-prepared packs, all laminated done or you,  consisting of separate sheets that come in a folder.  The list of contents are below.  All social stories have been written by Lynn and are designed to work with the plans and other resources.   We are developing a more substantial version with our printers and we will let you know when that is available. 

So order yours soon! 


New updated packs - BOTH packs for just £34.99

(postage and packaging is included for delivery in the UK.  It may cost more for overseas.) 

Click here to order a pack  

Contents:  Pack A - Social Skills Group

  • 6 session sample plan (each session can be repeated with different games) 

  • List of suggested games to get you started with the skills that they can teach

  • set of 6 skills visual boards, laminated

  • 'How to do Good Listening' visual 

  • 'How to do Good Looking' social story (note, this is teaching what looking at others is about, not that they need to look. We don't insist children with ASD have to look at others.) 

  • 'I can greet my friends' social story

  • 'Winning and losing' social story

  • Traffic light symbols, laminated

  • Turn Taking board, laminated 

  • Points template

Contents Pack B - Next Steps Conversation Skills

  • 'What is a conversation?' social story

  • Conversation starters and finisher cards, laminated

  • Conversation Topic Cards, laminated

  • 'Taking turns to speak' social story

  • 'Working with a partner in class' social story

  • 'Working together' visual reminder, laminated