Spring is in the air and last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Best Practices workshop at GOSSLP (Georgia Organization of School Based Speech Language Pathologists). Jennifer Jacobs was presenting on therapy ideas for social language and one of the concepts she mentioned was working on the concept of ‘good, better and best’ with students who have social language impairments. I thought about how I have worked on good choice vs. bad choices in speech therapy, but this can be pretty easy for many of my higher functioning students with ASD (autism spectrum disorder). What also tends happens is that my therapy friends get fixated on the bad choices…a lot. The rest of the therapy session turns into a search and rescue mission to get the kids (and conversation) back on track!
I thought about how to work on ‘good, better, best’ and came up with this FREE activity in my TeachersPayTeachers store using Easter eggs, social scenarios and a visual map to sort out responses. I have included blank templates for students to write their own choices or for you to develop your own social scenarios. You could also show the students pictures of social scenarios for support. Consider using the examples included to teach the concept of first listening to a problem and then figuring out the appropriate solutions before having the students generate their own.
None of the choices are negative, but they have to think a bit harder to decide which would be the best. If you want to make it a little challenging, have them explain why one choice is better than the others. To make it even more fun (and spring themed), cut up the strips (one for each of the three choices) and tuck each completed choice strip into individual Easter eggs (a bargain at The Dollar Store). The younger kids love picking an egg out of a big basket and cracking it open. Have them read the choices aloud and then facilitate a discussion to figure out who has a good idea, a better idea and the best idea for each social scenario.
This activity really pushes students to think beyond clear “black and white” answers and consider the subtleties that determine what makes one choice better than another. It can also open up discussions about considering the thoughts and feelings of others, and being able to compare and contrast different points of view. This activity can be used throughout the school year (sans eggs) or modified for older students with more complex social scenarios.
How do you work on ‘good, better, best’ ?