Use Your B.R.A.I.N.S!

8x8 BRAINS cover

I spent the past week at a fun crossroad; posting on the SLP Materials Club facebook page as a guest AND enjoying a hot, fun week at the beach with my family!  It was the perfect respite after a long school year and I even got to read a WHOLE BOOK with my toes in the ocean (“A Man Called Ove”, a fabulous funny/sad summer read that I highly recommend). As we were walking along the Sebastian Inlet, I saw this little piece of coquina rock that frequents the coast where I grew up:

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The words “rock brain” popped into my thought bubble immediately! Do you see why I needed a vacation?!  Anyway, as part of my SLP Materials Club week, I posted a new freebie from my TPT store.  I created it to use with my students to work on how we engage other people and show that we are thinking about them.   It includes a flip book for an interview of another person to practice the skills, teaching cards to talk about how we use our brains to think about other and a teaching poster to review the acronym B.R.A.I.N.S. (we SLPs do so love our acronyms). The poster would be perfect to enlarge and hang up in your therapy room, classroom or as part of a fun bulletin board!  What does this acronym stand for?  I’m so glad you asked!

B- Be present in the moment

R-Remain on topic

A-Actively listen

I-Interpret Accurately

N-Non-verbals are important

S-Seek information

You can download this social language freebie HERE .  I know you want to give your brain a rest too and not think about school for a bit, but go ahead and file this away for the Fall now!  Happy Summer!

4 thoughts on “Use Your B.R.A.I.N.S!

  1. Laura says:

    Blogging on vaca! U r committed! I have heard the term rock brain but not used this concept in therapy, I want to do more with social skills mext year. What book is best to begin with? I do have “u r a social detective”.

    • Hi Laura, I love all of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Materials! They really delve into all of the foundational concepts and vocabulary for social language therapy. Take a look at the book, Think Social and Thinking About You, Thinking About Me to start. There are tons of great ideas on Pinterest and TeachersPayTeachers too!

  2. Heidi, I totally get it–I see “rock brains” everywhere too! I love the acronym you came up with & will use it with my older ST students. Thanks for another great post!

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