The goal you've identified is an important one - i.e., how to behave in a friendly, agreeable, responsible manner, in order to enjoy positive relationships with other people. This goal is best addressed by the ins and outs of daily living. Your son will not learn this by looking at printed studies - he will learn by virtue of his day-to-day experiences, and the impact that his behavior actually does have on himself and others. Hopefully, over many experiences, he will see that it is not in his best interest to do some of the things he is doing. This is the type of learning that takes place in the natural course of events. As a parent, you can guide him, but he's going to have to learn by experience.
I have a nine year old daughter who seems to be going through the same thing. Excatly the same thing -- a need to be funny. She also is very creative and intelligent. It has been a challenge for my husband and I. However, I think I agree with Dr. KDK, I've found that she best responds to her "behaviors" by experiencing the affects of her behavior. She has been embarassed in several situations where I feel she is learning a valuable lesson. Slowly but surely she seems to be behaving "better". I'm wondering if part of it is just maturity. The other day dropping her off at school she noticed someone she wanted to notice her -- in so doing she fell out of the car, lost her shoe and back pack. Part of her problem is learning to slow down. By these embarassments (as much as it pains me) I think she's learning them. Good luck to you -- I hope our children will eventually learn proper "social behaviors".
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