I was chatting with a mom of one of my summer kiddos last week. She was upset as he was having a rough go in summer camp. He was getting frustrated, then hitting and pushing the other kids. My heart went out to her and we talked about how we are working on labeling emotions in therapy, deciding the size of a problem, using words to talk about our feelings, etc.. All that is great, but when real time and emotions collide, sometimes those social skills that are coming together in a therapy session go right out the window.
I was thinking about something that my buddy could take with him to camp to help him remember in those difficult moments what he could do. It had to be portable, durable, and use clear language for readers. I came up with a template of cards that could be laminated and hole punched to keep on a ring. The ring can be connected to a lanyard, a belt loop or even a binder ring in school.
It’s a dual purpose product because it will help adults around the student use consistent language to help kids regulate their social skills in different environments like camp, with a babysitter or on vacation. The adults may even generalize these skills with other children too. Finally, it gives my kiddos the opportunity to use the tools they have been practicing and build on success with a little visual support.
Here’s what the idea turned into:
My “Social Skills To Go: What to do when I am frustrated ” is the result and you can get it for FREE HERE on TPT! I am working on more Social Skills To Go packets and will post them soon. Have a social skill you want to see made into a Social Skills To Go? Leave a comment here!