A few years ago, I purchased the game Remote Control Impulse Control™ by Franklin Rubinstein, Ph.D., from http://www.creativetherapystore.com. The game consists of a set of four card games which use remote control symbols to teach three essential skills:
• STOP and redirect behavior.
• REWIND and learn from past mistakes.
• FAST FORWARD and think about consequences.
I really like the concept of using the remote control as a prop during therapy, coaching sessions, and reading tutoring. The above mentioned game comes with a card stock fold and use remote (which lasts about a minute). I had an old remote gathering dust so I grabbed it up and put it in my Toolbox.
Several of my clients who are receiving specialized reading tutoring also have ADHD. When they come to a word that they don’t know, their tendency is to look at the first letter/sound and make a random guess. That’s when we press “pause” on the remote control and use strategies for decoding and to make a “smart guess”. Once my clients “get” the concept and understand just how helpful a pause is when reading, the remote can stay in the Toolbox (or setting out on the table as a visual reminder).
I print out a handful of the “Smart Guess” visual and keep them handy in my Toolbox.
Another visual that I made –
I would like to hear from you, Followers, about tools in your Toolbox. If you find the tools that I share helpful, let me know. Best wishes for a school year full of flexibility, progress and fun.