Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Back to School & A Communication Detetive Lesson

I can't believe that ALL of the schools are officially in session (colleges not included). Where did the time go?

Around here the first of our schools started way back on July 26th...a Friday...weird, I no! And then today, the final few schools have joined the ranks and school is officially back in session!!!

I have taken some SERIOUS time off!! I have enjoyed following no set schedule or has been very indulgent to say the least!! Now I am getting hit HARD with a dose of reality!!! Can you relate?

So, the last time I posted anything on this blog (read: a loooong time ago!) I mentioned how I was preparing for my summer social groups and that I'd be sharing some of the activities and here I go, time to play catch-up!

Our theme for the summer was SOCIAL DETECTIVES!!

The back bone of the lessons came from Michelle Garcia Winner's curriculum. I also did a lot of brainstorming and came up with a few ideas of my own, and of course found ideas on PINTEREST. You can check out my social detective board HERE!

Our groups have a great deal of difficulty using social cues (verbal and nonverbal) to figure out who someone is talking to and then respond appropriately. This leads to blurting, talking out of turn, ignoring or not responding, and breakdowns in communication!! Obvious, right? So here is lesson we used (& continue to refer back to) to address this concept:

Communication Detectives!

Using pictures such as this one, we worked on using social cues (we called them clues) to determine who was talking to whom and what "clues" did you use to figure this out. The clues included facial expressions, eye gaze, and body language.
After we finished THIS exercise, we role-played having conversations, using all the expected behaviors (body language, eye gaze, physical proximity, facial expressions...). I took pictures of the role-plays to use during the following session and had the groups complete the same activity only using pictures of themselves!!

We also added in feelings and thoughts. We talked about how it felt (calm or confused/irritated/angry...) and what we thought (friendly or odd thought) when others took conversational turns in an expected or unexpected way.  We used the thought clouds from THIS LESSON.

Until next time...

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's Friday!

Yes, it's Friday and tomorrow is June 1st! Schools are out and my work load will be substantially lower for the summer! I am looking forward to some lazy days and spending time with my family.
I don't know about you but my April and May work calendar was overloaded with assessments, IEPs, and therapy! I feel like I can finally breath. ~ WHEW ~

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Finds

I don't know about you, but I have been SWAMPED with assessments, report writing, goal writing, and IEPs! It's that end of the year rush!! I am sure everyone can relate. BUT, because of the madness, I have been slacking big time on posting! I mean for weeks now! So, I decided to spend a few moments to share what things I have found around the web (especially on Pinterest) that I have used recently (or plan to in the near future) to make my life a little easier...


Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!
I am feeling pretty good today! I have been dealing with a pretty nasty case of plantar fasciitis! One of my joys in life is running and I mean long distance! In the midst of training for my 7th marathon last spring, I developed a nasty case of plantar fasciitis. This did no stop me from finishing both my training and the marathon (San Diego Rock-n-Roll) BUT it ended my running! :( After a year of many doctor visits, cortisone shots, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicine, and patience I am finally running again with NO PAIN! So, this is why I am feeling pretty good. And here is my first find of the week...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. In honor, I am sharing sharing a few of my favorite sites that educate and provide resources for parents and professionals. Just click on the image for a direct link to the website.