Jokes are an integral part of our society and culture. But, as we all know, many kids have trouble knowing when to use them and how to tell jokes. In general, how well the child jokes or laughs at a joke can tell you how advanced they are in normal development. Children with Autism often struggle with humor because they're so abstract and literal in their understanding of life. When a kid is young, jokes are part of their way of making connections and learning to work out things. If a kid is told to stop laughing, it's usually because he/she is getting too close to the situation. Children with developmental delays are often ridiculed in the adult population, so they may find it hard to relate humor with real life. They may be told to "stop telling jokes" because they will make children laugh. It's important for children with disabilities to learn to use humor so that they don't have to deal with ridicule when they talk. One way to help your child learn to joke with ease is to keep a journal of when jokes are appropriate and when they aren't. This is called the "joke chart." When we first start to learn how to tell jokes, we tend to find it funny that our child struggles to find humor in everyday situations. It's natural to find humor in silly things that most people take for granted. Children need to know that when they laugh, it's because they're in a good mood. They don't want to hear "stop" from you when they're just having a bad day. It can be quite difficult for a young child with developmental issues to find humor in what most of us take for granted in life. An even better source for humor is to share with your child and family as much as possible. You can also get some inspiration from watching what other children do. There are plenty of resources available online that offer you the opportunity to watch videos and listen to podcasts on how to tell jokes. If you're really desperate for a laugh, there are a lot of websites devoted to just that. These videos offer a unique way of teaching kids how to make jokes and have fun with them. They may teach your child how to do this in front of a group of people or behind closed doors.
These videos and podcasts are great resources for kids who are just learning how to make jokes. And for adults who want to try their hand at making a joke, these resources can be a real boost of confidence. They will have a lot of fun making jokes on these sites and you'll get a great laugh from watching. And as long as your kid makes them on time and with the right content, you'll have a lot of laughs from your child's attempts at humor. Teaching your child how to make jokes isn't all about finding a good teacher. It's also about finding someone who understands your child's needs. A teacher who isn't sensitive to your child's particular needs is probably going to discourage him or her. If your child is already discouraged by the way he or she is treated at school, your child probably won't take to making jokes at home. Special education teachers are not always sensitive to the needs of students. They may not understand why your child feels as though he or she is being ridiculed in the classroom. And this can lead to your child wanting to hide in their room instead of coming out of their shell. Teaching your child to make jokes is a challenge that can be done in different ways. For example, if your child has trouble understanding jokes that come from other cultures, then they may find the ability to make a joke with a native speaker in the culture helpful. They'll find the knowledge and experience to be more valuable than trying to understand how to make a joke in English. You can also use tapes or CDs to help your child learn more advanced forms of humor. Asking your child to record themselves and play back a tape or CD when he or she is having a bad day will be a good idea. Then you'll be able to listen to it when the mood strikes. This way you can see what kind of humor works for your child.