Friday, November 14, 2014

The magic of UNO cards

I've been having a hard time lately with some of the older kids I see.  They don't see the point or the importance of what we are working on.  I have been very frustrated, and our sessions have been less than productive.  In desperation, I turned to Pinterest, and came across some UNO activities.

I figured - what could it hurt?  We aren't getting anything done anyway!  Well, it was no less than MAGICAL!!!

My most difficult student didn't want to come see me, but I asked him to give me just 10 min.  We played the game, and he was happy about it.  I started to pick up the cards, and he grabbed the UNO cards and starting dealing out the cards.  We ended working for 30 minutes with smiles all around.

Below is the activity I did today.

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After the session, my mind was buzzing.  Although the student did well, and shared, he didn't really listen to my comments.  So I came up with this idea.  This student needs to work on writing, so I made a handout so that he has to write down the other participant's comments.  

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I also performed the activity below with one of the students I see with Autism.  He has a really hard time with conversational back and forth.  The structure of this activity helped him listen and respond.

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Thank you Pinterest for such great ideas and breaking my therapy block with my older students.  I look forward to coming up with some more ideas.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Learning Differences

This was an idea from Michelle Garcia Winner.

Students may not realize that everyone - other students, teachers, other adults - are always learning and trying to improve on something.  This lesson is to try to get the students to realize they are naturally good at some tasks, but need help in others.

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Conversation Skills

My latest social skills group lesson.  This is the first of many lessons on conversation skills.  

We use the metaphor of a train to help students visualize how a conversation works.  The main idea for this lesson came from Jill Kuzma's blog.  

She had a great visual describing the parts of a conversation.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

I've gotten a lot of ideas for social skills group sessions from Jill Kuzma.  Check out her blog.

One lesson that I put together was about "Social Filter."  This is a really important lesson for students with Autism or ADD.  They need to learn that the thoughts they think are ok, but what they say effects how others feel about them.  This is the whole concept of Social Thinking from Michelle Garcia Winner.

Check out my lesson plan for "Social Filter."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Clothing and Table Manners Social Secrets

I am putting together a bunch of lessons on Social Secrets.  I started with Clothing and Table Manners.

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Vision and Learning information.

I find myself suggesting that parents get a vision therapy evaluation many times when I perform evaluations at school.  This is an often overlooked area that should be ruled out.  When I see a student tilting their head, resting their head on the table, and poor awareness of the bottom like when writing, it is a big red flag that vision processing may be an issue.

Check out the handout I made to explain the importance of vision in school.

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Brain Breaks

I have been creating social skills group lessons for work, and I wanted to share my lessons for those interested.

This lesson is on Brain Breaks.

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