I have been pushing in my 4th-6th grade Special Day Classroom (SDC) once a week to deliver social skill lessons for a student who has goals for social pragmatics. You can check out some of my Tips for implementing social skills therapy in a guest post I did a while ago. As a speech therapist, I try my best to keep my groups split up by similar ages/grades and by goals (i.e. articulation, fluency, language, social skills). Sometimes, this is impossible and I end up having a couple of groups that may have students who are the same age, but ALL have different goals and needs. This is how my Social Skill Breaks: Activities for the Speech Room & Classroom evolved.
Many of the lessons are designed to be taught in 5-10 minutes and can be stored in cans or boxes. The situations are written on strips that you can cut up and pull out of the cans when you want to target a mini lesson (this is great for classroom teachers that need to work on these skills daily)! I have 77 expected and unexpected social skill strips that you can put in cans for easy access.
I included labels so that you can separate the different strips by lesson.
Nicole Allison over at Speech Peeps did a great tutorial on how to make your own DIY crafty storage cans that would be perfect for storing my “expected vs. unexpected situation strips”, “making impressions strips”, “idioms strips”, “perspective taking strips” and “problem solving strips.
There are 8 expected vs. unexpected behavior scenes that you can use with your classroom or small groups.
You can upload my pack onto your IPAD if you don’t want to print out. They are in black and white, so there is less ink you have to use. Have your students use my expected vs. unexpected worksheet to identify what they are seeing in the social scenes.
Here is one of my visual posters to go with the activities! There are 11 body language strips, 33 tone of voice strips, 22 What’s the impression strips? and 22 role playing impression making situations.
I also made 55 problem solving strips in which the students have to identify the problem and then explain what they could do about the problem.
I also included 66 idioms embedded in a sentence and an idiom journal worksheet to keep track of all of the idioms taught. My brain could not think of jokes and humor things to add, so I went on a hunt for materials to work on humor. I have found two FREEBIES for school lunch jokes and lunch teasers. This mom writes cute notes to her kids with jokes, but I thought I could just print up to use in therapy!
I wanted to throw a giveaway of all my social skills packs and some of my SLP blogger girls wanted to join the fun! A winner will win ALL of these packs: