Learning and Sharing

Busy Kids and Busy Therapists

on February 5, 2013

busy kids

This has been a busy week and it is only Tuesday!!

We found out from our “confidential informants” that we had lunch buddies who needed to create a social behavior map for “respecting teachers”.   We all worked together to complete the map with expected behaviors and the positive outcomes we experience when we demonstrate those expected behaviors.  The 2nd graders were impressive!  The words they used to describe how a teacher feels when they demonstrate those behaviors revealed insight and their development of perspective.  The same is true for completing the map with unexpected behaviors.  Some of our lunch buddies are not sure what being respectful “looks” like.  Sooooo…

Jill Kuzma’s great visual “It’s the Right Thing to Do”  helps the lunch buddies see what being respectful, responsible, safe and kind looks like.



It also came to our attention that Glassman was getting some lunch buddies to have BIG meltdowns over LITTLE problems.  I created this social story to help them.

person thermometer

In addition, an individual problem thermometer is very helpful.

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Wow!  We really have been busy. 

Rock on!



2 responses to “Busy Kids and Busy Therapists

  1. Janelle says:

    Hi! Thanks for your great posts, I really love them!
    What do you do when a kid insists that their small/medium problem is truly big, even after you’ve gone through examples for each?

    • Hi Jannelle, thank you for your nice comment and your question. My answer is DON’T GIVE UP! I have a kindergarten student who does very well when matching the appropriate response to the hypothetical problem but in the moment she shouts “ALL my problems are BIG”. Understanding emotions may be a starting point. The Zones of Regulation curriculum may be helpful as it provides a framework for emotions. It is hard to judge the severity of a problem when you aren’t sure about your emotions. It might be helpful to teach coping strategies along with the size of your problem. Until you get a handle on how to cope or know what to do, all problems are BIG! The Social Express app for iPad is very good for teaching coping strategies.

      Let us know if we can be of any further help!

      Robin and Jana

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