I have had the great opportunity to present on our professional learning day to a group of SLPs and teachers of autism classrooms in my county this week. One of the things that we wanted to do was to have a make and take idea for usable materials. I came across several pictures of lap books when I was looking for an idea. While it is simple, I love that it is portable, able to be personalized and can be modified to whatever you are working on from Prek-young adults (think project rubrics for class presentations, strategies for Zones of Regulation, theme books for unit studies in science or literature).
I wanted to show you how I put one together to help a student who often became frustrated and shut down when challenged with a difficult task. All you need are standard size manila file folders, glue, a ruler and your imagination!
We brainstormed ways to calm down when we are frustrated. We practiced using the words “I am frustrated” instead of getting angry or putting our head down on the table and refusing to work. It was a lesson that we practice over a few weeks. I have this freebie that I created for him HERE in my TPT store. There is a color and black & white version as well as a blank template. I used the blank in the example above so that we could draw representative pictures of each step. I then glued the written words inside the flaps (so that teachers, paras and family members would know what the pictures meant and could reinforce the social language).
Have you used lap books in social skills therapy? Share your ideas here!!