In this episode of the Real Talk SLP podcast I am sharing easy, low prep Christmas social skills activities to help you rock your pragmatic language groups without stressing. Between the IEP meetings, finishing assessment reports, progress monitoring and running groups, you have zero time for planning. That’s why this round-up of Christmas social skills lessons will help you get to winter break with a smile!
Frameworks for Planning Your Group Social Skills Lessons
When it comes to planning your social skill groups, it can get overwhelming. Especially if you are starting to run out of ideas. To help me with planning overwhelm, I always use a framework that I breakdown in this podcast episode. It will help you with some of the ideas mentioned and give you tips for how to structure your lessons so you can stretch out.
Christmas Social Skills Activities With YouTube Videos
In this episode, I shared about a variety of YouTube videos you can use to work on pragmatic language skills such as perspective taking, thinking bubble, social inferencing, and social rules. Here is a round-up of the resources and blog posts I mentioned:
- Elf Movie Clips to work on social rules, and perspective taking (this blog post has a free Google Slides lesson plan)
- Christmas Simon’s Cat videos to work on inferencing, cause and effect, emotions, predicting, and perspective taking. You can also discuss if you liked or didn’t like the video.
- Work on perspective-taking, social inferencing, non-verbal cues, emotions, and what they could think with Christmas commercials. I will link a few here, but there are more in my Christmas speech therapy activities blog post.
- Amazon Joy Ride Commercial
- One More Sleep Commercial
- Fuzzy Feelings Apple Holiday Film
- A Holiday to Remember Chevrolet
Christmas-Themed Social Skills Group Lesson Plans
Other Christmas pragmatic language activities mentioned in this episode are working on gift giving through role playing how to respond when you get a gift, to understanding how to use a gift based on other’s interests. You can use worksheets and the lesson plan for gift giving in my social skills lessons resource.
Discussing the expectations when visiting family for the holidays and how to communicate during those events is another great lesson plan idea.
For those quick days when you need something that feels like a game, using holiday social skills bamboozle games is a great way to go!
What Christmas Themed Pragmatic Language Activities Do You Plan?
If you have an engaging pragmatic language activity you plan with a Christmas theme, share the resource or activity in the comments. You can never have enough ideas to pull from when planning group social skills activities.