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My son sometimes doesnt respond when people ask him how he

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My son sometimes doesn't respond when people ask him how he is - usually strangers but also sometimes friends and acquaintances. How can I (and should I) teach him not to be rude?
Hello and thank you for consulting JA,
There are 3 ways to teach this social skill.

One is through being a good role model and make sure he sees you responding appropriately to such a greeting.

The second is through direct teaching, You can write a social story such as:
Billy came up to his friend Johnny and said How are you?
Johnny says :Fine thank you, XXXXX XXXXX you?
This is the polite thing to do.
Billy feels good that his friend talked to him.

Social stories are strategies for teaching social skills and if you google "social Stories" you will find many other ideas.

The third is to teach the skill in a real situation. So if someone says How are you? to your get down at his level and say...repeat after me..I am fine thank you, XXXXX XXXXX you.

I hope this helps
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