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Great Second Day of School

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I cannot believe how much some of the second grade lunch buddies have grown.  They have gotten taller but they have also grown in their social thinking skills.  Today’s coaching session began with partner yoga (which is becoming quite popular!).  Then we read a terrific book.

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A SodaPop Head has difficulty dealing with anger.  We all feel anger sometimes.  When we do feel anger there are expected behaviors for how we respond .  If we don’t learn coping strategies for dealing with feelings of anger those feelings just build up until we explode with  behaviors like hitting or saying hurtful words.  Author Julia Cook does an excellent job of telling what it is like to let anger build up inside until her character blows his top.  At that point all kinds of unexpected behaviors are manifest.  Lucky for Lester that his dad knows some helpful coping strategies.  He learns to  recognize and manage his anger.

Our book chat led us to discuss how words can hurt or words can help.  We used these visuals created by Joel Shaul.

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These visuals were most helpful.   I could see by the look on the students’ faces that equating emotional pain and pleasure to physical pain and pleasure was working to help them “get it”.  Go to http://autismteachingstrategies.com for the free download.

We also used this great visual created by Jill Kuzma

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This visual guided our discussion about what to do if we did say hurtful words.  You can “fix it” with an apology and kind words.  Go to http://jillkuzma.com for great visual supports .

I like the way things are going…

My Best,

Robin

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Great First Day of School

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I think we all had a great first day back to school!

It was great to get together again with one of our 2nd grade groups.  We had a great chance to try out the new partner yoga poses-

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Row Your Boat

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This back-to-back pose helped the students to be mindful of their breathing  with their partner

 

With this particular group it was felt that a review of tattling vs telling or reporting was in order.  First we read this book, Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a BIG Deal written by Jeanie Franz Ransom.  It is available on Amazon for less than $10.

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I had so much fun reading the book and the students thought it was just great.  It is often difficult to decide if a problem is a big deal (emergency) or a kid-sized problem (solved on your own).

This game gave us practice by providing a problem and then the student decided if the problem was a big deal or a kid-sized problem.  We had some discussion about each one.

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The activity was created by Angie Mickey and is available FREE at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com.  The cards could be used with a whole class but are perfect for our small group social skills coaching.

 

We are off to a great start!

My Best,

Robin

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