I like finding different ways to work on social language concepts. My kids (and I) get bored with flashcards or stories, so I want to shake it up a little. Paper bag books aren’t new, but I thought it might be fun to put a social language spin on one for therapy. My fine motor skills are not the best and my students also have some difficulty figuring out how to make something based on a visual model, so we walk through the steps together. I start out with this tutorial from WhimsyandStarsStudio:
Now I also tell my boys there doesn’t have to be anything cute in their book and they relax a bit (but it’s definitely okay if they want to). We practice making a book together first (begin with the end in mind) and then we get to work creating our personal strategies book to go along with Zones of Regulation . If you haven’t checked out this amazing social language/self regulation resource from Leah Kuypers, GO NOW, you can thank me later!
Each page in our little book is color coded to the Zones curriculum. We put in pictures (you can draw your own or cut out pictures from old magazines) or words describing the strategies we can use to stay emotionally regulated or get back to the green zone (calm, happy, self regulated).
Have you used paper bag books in therapy? If so, share your ideas here!