Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

Have you ever seen those photo thought bubbles app on your iphone?  This photo thought bubbles app to work on perspective taking is easy to implement! I love working on perspective taking with my students with social skill deficits.

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

The best way to teach students perspective taking is using visuals to show what my brain is thinking!  Photo thought bubbles app to work on perspective taking is perfect for that on-the-go therapist that doesn’t always have time to prep therapy!  You can use it from your phone and make thought bubbles with people from your student’s environment!! Cool, right!? This is a great activity to target identifying emotions and non-verbal cues as well as work on what could be in their thought bubble.  You can add in text or leave it blank, so the students can come up with their own answers.

Photo Thought Bubbles App To Work On Perspective Taking

You can also write in thoughts that don’t match the non-verbal cues and students have to identify if the thought matches the non-verbal cues!  The best part of this about this app is that it is only .99 cents!  You can download this app HERE!.  Have you used photo thought bubbles app to work on perspective taking?  I would love to know what you think!  What other fun apps have you found for teaching perspective taking ?  I would love to add some more to my stash!

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Expected and Unexpected Behaviors: A Quick Tip On How to Work On Self Monitoring Skills

I use the vocabulary terms expected and unexpected behaviors from Social Thinking to identify behaviors students are exhibited in different social situations. Expected and unexpected behaviors allows me to acknowledge and praise my students when they are being “expected” for the situation as well as directly let them know when they are being unexpected without lecturing them for 2 minutes about why something is not okay to do.

expected vs. unexpected behaviorsLast year at the middle school, I primarily used expected vs. unexpected terms with my social emotional students as well as my students with social skill deficits.  They learned the terms very quickly; however, when I would verbally point out their behavior (both good and not so good), I got two responses.  I either received defensive comments and student denial about the action/words/tone of the behavior or continued behavior in which I was verbally monitoring their behavior throughout the entire session.

As I would further explain how my students behavior was making me feel, I was met with resistance, rude overtures and sometimes escalated behaviors.  Most people don’t like to be told they are being unexpected! The struggle with our students with social skill deficits is that they do not naturally pick up on social cues to adjust their behavior independently.  SOMEONE has to call them out, so they can learn to survive in the world. Most jobs rely heavily on being able to successfully interactive with other people and if you fail at that, it doesn’t matter if you are an amazing at your job because people remember how they feel rather than the actual job that was performed.

expected vs. unexpected behaviorsI decided that I would implement a visual monitoring system, so that I could take informal data about the percentage of time the student was exhibiting expected behavior, provide a visual cue (so, I could reduce verbal cues aka lectures), and use as an incentive to point out successes with expected behaviors.  Download my easy template HERE or just click on the photo above.  I just glued to construction paper and laminated, so I could use a dry erase marker with it.

During the session, I let the student know that I will be visually tracking their behavior. If they have more unexpected behaviors than expected, they do not earn their incentive (for my higher students, I did 5 stars = hot cheetos, jolly rancher, ipad time, game, etc).  As I see behaviors, I mark expected or unexpected.  If they are being unexpected, I mark unexpected and ignore undesirably comments/behaviors.  I quickly try to mark expected to show the student that I am notice both good and bad behaviors.

With one student in particular, every time I tried to explain that his comments were sounding very rude, I would get a big argument about how he was not doing A,B, or C.  I got the okay from parents to address his behaviors with the terms kind words/tone vs. rude words/tone.  This student would either use rude words or he would say something in a very rude tone for very minimal things such as “I don’t want to play a game” or “I will not seat over there.” I did the exact same system and did not verbally engage the student when I marked rude comments.  He quickly figured out that he had to adjust his behavior to kind because he really didn’t like seeing marks on the rude side. This worked for most of my students, but some students may escalate in behavior if they see the “negative” side, so that is something to consider when using this.

How do you work on self monitoring skills? I would love to add more tools in my toolbox!

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Social Behavior Mapping Poster: A Social Thinking Therapy Resource

Social Behavior Mapping Poster: A Social Thinking Therapy Resource

Breaking down social situations and the skills needed to be successful in those situations can be difficult. Social language is very complex and one wrong move can destroy a social exchange. Today, I wanted to show you how you can use social behavior mapping in speech therapy to teach perspective taking and how a person’s behavior affects others.

Using social behavior mapping to teach social skills to older students.

I am a BIG fan of materials that are easy to store, require little to no prep and can be used flexibly in therapy.  Today, I am going to share a great resource from Social Thinking.  If you aren’t familiar with the social thinking curriculum, I would recommend buying their Thinking About You, Thinking About Me book or Think Social! book to get started.  They are awesome resources that will help enhance your social skills therapy! Today, I am going to be sharing about there Social Behavior Mapping Poster.

Social Behavior Mapping Poster

Social Behavior Mapping Dry Erase Poster is a tool to help visually show your students the effects of someone’s behavior in a certain situations, both expected and unexpected.

Some of the vocabulary taught with this curriculum, uses the terms expected behavior and unexpected behavior.  In different social contexts, we have to adjust our behavior, so that we are being expected because we want people to have pleasant, good thoughts about us.  For example, when we are watching a football game, it is expected to scream and cheer loudly at the television.  However, if we did that behavior at a library, we would be exhibiting unexpected behaviors because what is expected at the library is for everyone to whisper or stay quiet while looking for books.

For our students with social skill deficits, understanding how their “expected” and “unexpected” behaviors affect people is very difficult. They struggle with picking up on non-verbal cues, tone of voice and interpreting ambiguous/sarcastic verbal messages. Some of my students struggle with “seeing” how their behavior affects others as well as understanding that you have to change your behavior in different contexts.

social behavior map 2This poster allows the therapist or student to write information on the poster with a dry erase marker, so you can use it all the time.  This allows the therapist to tailor the lesson to specific situations the student may need to process through.

What the Social Behavior Mapping Poster Includes

There are four columns with different questions to answer about the behaviors. Here is what is listed in the four columns:

  • My behavior that is expected/unexpected for the situation
  • Others feelings about our behaviors
  • How others treat me based on how they feel about my behavior
  • How I feel based on how I am treated in the situation

You can chose a general situation such as “lunch time” and map out behaviors that are general to all students, or you can tailor the behavior mapping specific to what the student is exhibiting during that time.  I have done both because I have some students that become very resistant and escalated in behavior when I point out their not so great behavior.

I love how we can analyze the different feelings/emotions others may feel as well as how the person may be feeling.  We can compare/contrast the affects of expected/unexpected behavior and then think of ways to use more expected behavior in that situation.  I am also able to incorporate “thinking bubbles vs. talking bubbles” with this lesson as well.

The only downfall of using a dry erase poster is that you don’t have anything tangible to send home with parents or to give to teachers.  So, a quick fix I thought of was snapping a photo with your IPAD or phone and emailing it to parents/teachers!

This poster is only $13!! What a deal! I have found working at the middle school that less is more in terms of materials and this helped me tremendously with planning effective therapy.  This is a great tool to use as a warm up if you are having students practice having expected behaviors when playing a game, having a conversation, working in a group, etc.  It gets their brains ready to be social thinkers.  Do you have this poster?  What do you love about using it?

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Social Skill Builder App Review

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I think I am always in need of social skill materials, so it is awesome when I found the social skill builder app.  Social Skill Builder has an app and CD-roms that is designed to work on social thinking concepts using video clips. Using video modeling with students on the autism spectrum is a great way to target social skills and it is an evidenced based practice!  I love how it takes the focus off of the student’s behavior and allows them to analyze other people’s behaviors.  Sometimes my students get frustrated with us critiquing their social skills, so this is a nice when to bridge a discussion about pragmatics.

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including – See more at:
6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including – See more at:

You can get the Social Skill Builder lite for $2.99.  The website says that it includes the first four modules for Social Skill Builder’s unique interactive video, social leaning app.  These 4 modules include a total of more than 40 questions and associated videos (approx 10 each) for the user to view and react to by answering multiple choice questions. These video scenarios are of real interactions of a preschool(Preschool Playtime), a elementary school(My School Day), a middle/high school (School Rules) and a community setting (My Community).

social builder preschoolI love that the there are video clips for every question.  They are short, about 30 seconds to a 1 minute long.  You can always click the “replay” button if students need to see the video again.  After you watch the video, you have to answer a question.  There are usually two correct answers.  The sections have either 10 or 15 questions.  The only bummer is that if you don’t get to the end, the next session you can’t skip ahead past the questions you already answered to get to the new content.  You have to watch the same videos again. The Full VERSION is available here for currently $9.99 Most of the content is geared towards elementary/middle school, but the preschool content that is available is really helpful.

middle school social builder

Social Skill Builder: You Are A Social Detective CD has 6 levels with over 200 video clips to target concepts from the You are a social detective book by Social Thinking. Here are the skills that are targeted in the CD:

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

This engaging program is designed for students from ages 7 through 12 years of age.

– See more at:


6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including – See more at:

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

This engaging program is designed for students from ages 7 through 12 years of age.

– See more at:

6 exciting levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

This engaging program is designed for students from ages 7 through 12 years of age.

– See more at: Skill Builder: You Are A Social Detective is an interactive CD-rom that has 6 different levels with over 200 video prompts that is aligned with the book You Are A Social Detective book.  The cool thing about this CD is that you can have the kids look for non-verbal language clues with real video.  Some of the video clips have younger students, so your middle school crowd may not like it, but when I tried it out with my life skills class and my students on the autism spectrum, they didn’t seem to notice or care.  Some of my “socially resistant” students were very engaged and participated more than usual when I pulled this material out for their session.Here are all the skills that are targeted:Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts

  • Understanding Others’ Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
  • Understanding Others’ Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
  • Guessing Others’ Thoughts and Emotions
  • Making Smart Guesses
  • Using Your Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
  • Using Social Mapping

I found this very helpful for when I ran my lunch bunch groups and when I pushed into the Special Day Classroom to do a whole class lesson.  It kept my students attention and they were able to discuss the non-verbal body language that was exhibited in the video scenes.  This product incorporates various levels and provides answer choices for the questions, which is helpful for students that struggle with expressive language.  I think this is a wonderful resource if you have an elementary/middle school caseload as you could use it with many grade levels.

Check out this DEMO on their website to see what the CD is like before purchasing.  Some of the videos have younger students in them, but my middle school students didn’t seem to mind when viewing. There is a lot of content to help mix up your therapy sessions, so it is definitely something that I think is worth the investment. There are a lot of other materials on their website that look amazing!  What resources do you use to target social skills?

Making Social Inferences Interactive Flip book!

I have had several initial and triennial assessments this year at the middle school that have had a large emphasis on social pragmatics.  Many of my assessments revealed that making social inferences in social situations is tough for my students! I have been giving the Social Language Development Test-Adolescent from Linguisystems to get a more in depth look at the student’s interpretations of social interactions and making social inferences.  You have to give the WHOLE test (no ceilings), so it is a bit time consuming.  For my higher functioning students on the Autism Spectrum, this test really helps expose the significant challenges they have with interpreting social cues and interacting with peers.

A few of my students in particular struggled significantly with taking the perspective of another person on the subtest: Making Inferences.  They were given a photo of a person and asked to look at the clues in the picture and make a guess at what might they be thinking?  The student must comment as the character or person in the photo.  The second part of the assessment asks them to explain the clues that helped them come up with the inference. You can imagine the types of answers I got on this assessment.  One student did not respond in 1st person and could only make “thoughts” in the third person.  For example, a lot of the students responses looked like this “He is thinking he is bored.” Another student didn’t understand WHY we had to do this in the first place because the people in the photos were not real and didn’t have thoughts because they were just pictures (ended up not giving the full test due to validity on that one).

making social inferences

When I asked the students explain why they thought the person was thinking that thought, many of my students either said “I don’t know” or gave very vague details to verify their answers.  Needless to say, I discovered an area of need and needed materials to help improve my student’s abilities to make “social inferences”.  If our student’s struggle with making inferences from photos and social situations, I can only imagine what bits of information they are missing in stories, commercials, sitcoms and movies!

My middle schoolers LOVE dry erase markers, so I thought I would make my latest interactive flipbook for them!

making social inferences flip bookPrint all the pages onto white cardstock and laminate.  Punch holes in each of the cards and connect with binder rings. Then, have students use a dry erase marker to document their answers in the book!

I bought mine off of amazon (affiliate link included for your convenience) and they have been very handy for all of my interactive books and flashcards that I have been making.

making social inferences

There are 27 photos in the book.  Next to each photo, is a space to write what the person may be thinking and then a spot to cite evidence.  With some of my students, I had to do some of the photos with them and explicitly show them what to look for in the picture.  I used lots of visuals to show that in my brain, I collect clues in order to make a smart guess.

Once they get the hang of it, I think these books is perfect for mixed groups when you have some language and pragmatic kiddos together.  So far, several of my students who say “I don’t know” A LOT, are beginning to make some gains with this skill.  I try to really praise them during the scaffolding part because they get really down when they don’t get the answer correct. I made this activity for my middle school students, but I think this activity could be scaffolded to fit 2nd/3rd graders to work on beginning inferencing and prediction skills.  What do you think?  How to do you target perspective taking with your older students?

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Spring Resources For Speech Therapy: A TPT round up of spring themed products

Spring Resources For Speech Therapy: A TPT round up of spring themed products

Spring is here for many folks, so it’s time to start grabbing some spring resources for speech therapy!  I love spring time because the weather is nice and the sunshine is out! Plus, planning therapy is super easy with a spring theme. When I am planning for speech therapy, I look at my caseload’s target areas of need. Then, I pick some themes that I want to use to target their goals. It makes searching for themed therapy items a lot easier when I know what I am specifically looking for on social media. To help all my SLP’s out,  I categorized tons of spring resources for speech therapy by target area, so it is easy to find activities that will meet your student’s needs.

Need free and paid TPT resources for spring? There are links to tons of resources all categorized by target area.

Let’s get a head start on planning therapy before the wave of assessments and IEP’s overtakes our therapy planning time!  Here’s my list of great FREE & PAID spring resources for speech therapy!

Open Ended Games For Speech Therapy

Spring Time Fun with Disappearing Tulips Math Game FREEBIE Grades K-2

Catch A Bug FREEBIE Game

Speech Therapy Spring Reinforcement Pages

FREE Spring Themed Open Ended Board Games Set of 3

Play Ball- A baseball open ended game

Speech With My Peeps- Open Ended Game

Hippity Hop Homework- Spring/Easter Themed Homework Packet (Open Ended)

Quack Go Back FREE Speech Therapy Game for Articulation or Open Ended Fun

Articulation Resources For Speech Therapy

Mini Speech Club Spring Edition

Spring Roll, Say, and Color Articulation

Articulation Flowers Bundle

Bundle Speech Club for Spring L, R, S, Z, SH, TH

Spring Themed Quick Print & Practice Artic L, S , R, TH, & V

Mystery Pictures for Speech & Language Spring 4600 words

Spring Print & Go Articulation Pack Bundle

Articulation R, L, TH Baseball Game Bundle

Hanging with my gnomies-Multisyllabic Words Games

Easter K Articulation Game FREEBIE

Easter Roll Say & Color Articulation Fun

Spring Early Developing Sounds Articulation Game

Dot & Go Articulation & Phonology for Spring

Articulation Garden: Interactive Sensory Tub Activity

Grammar Resources for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Pronouns & Prepositions Grades Prek-1st

Spring Time Grammar Grades Prek-6th

Spring Into Grammar Grades K-5th

Spring Complex Sentence Builder Grades 2nd-12th

Spring Sentence Scramble Two Levels Grades 2nd-6th

Sentence Builders Spring Grades Prek-1st

Punctuation Plants Grades 1st-4th

Spring Time Pronouns Grades Prek-2nd

Language Resources for Speech Therapy

Head in the clouds Idioms Activities Grades 4-8

Springtime Grammar & Vocabulary Activities Grades Prek-2nd

Spring Time Idioms Activity Pack FREEBIE Grades 4-8

Take me out to the ball game Idioms Pack Grades 4-8

Head in the clouds idioms story FREEBIE Grades 3-8

Let’s Have A Picnic- An Auditory Memory Activity FREEBIE

Spring Irregular Past Tense Verbs & Plurals Activity Grades 2nd-5th

Spring Synonym & Antonym Activities Grades K-3rd

It’s Raining Idioms: A Figurative Language Activity FREEBIE Grades 3rd-7th

Butterfly Associations for Speech & Language Therapy FREEBIE Grades Prek-2nd

Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets- Spring/Summer Edition Grades K-5th

Spring Up With Language Grades Prek-6th

Butterfly Blitz- Speech & Language Mini Book & Activities Grades Prek-3rd

Spring Time Glyphs Grades K-5th

Spring Time Candy Categories Grades 1st-5th

Speech & Language Thematic Gardening Unit Grades 2nd-5th

Categories in Springtime Printable Activity FREEBIE Grades prek-1st

Butterfly WH-Questions Fun Grades Prek-3rd

Category Flowers Grades K-3rd

Shamrock Following Directions Grades Prek-1st

Magnify-Cent Spring & Summer Prepositions Grades PRek-1st

Spring Figurative Language Grades 3rd-6th

Homophone Garden Game Grades 1st-3rd

Scrambled Eggs for Categorizing: Figurative & Humorous Language Grades 3rd-10th

A March Rhyming Activity Packet: Swing Into Spring Rhyme Time Grades K-4th

Spring Vocabulary With Magic Squares for Older Students Grades 5th-12th

Umbrella Categories Vocabulary & Language Activities Grades Prek-3

Spring Print & Go Language Pack Grades Prek-5th

Earth Day Describe & Sort Language Packet Grades K-4th

Rain Rain Come & Play: Spring Themed Speech & Language Activities Grades Prek-3rd

Full Court Questions: Homework Hoops BUNDLE Questions, Games & Homework Grades Prek-6th

No Print Spring Time Fun Expressive & Receptive Language Grades K-4th

SPRINGO Bingo style cover game about Spring Grades prek-3rd

Speech & Language Baseball Grades 1st-8th

Springing Into Early Language No Print Packet for Speech Therapy Grades Prek-1st

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Speech & Language FREEBIE Grades 1st-5th

Spring Inferencing BINGO Grades K-4th

Life Cycle Sequencing Learning for Butterflies, Plants, Frogs, & Lady Bugs Grades Prek-9th

Spring Word Association FREEBIE

Food Category Sorting Grades Prek-5th

Graphic Organizers: Spring Reading Comprehension, Speech Therapy Grades K-3rd

Spring Language Packet for Expressive & Receptive Language Grades 1-6

Spring Expressive Language Pack Grades K-5th

Spring Attributes Game Compare/Contrast includes a Cariboo option Grades Prek-2nd

The History of the Easter Bunny Grades 1-4th

Spring Barrier Games for Speech & Language Therapy

Caterpillar Categories

Rain Rain Come & Play-Spring Theme Speech & Language Activities Grades Prek-3rd

BEE a Good Listener-Receptive Language Game Grades Prek-3rd

Spring Time Fun Quick Activities Grades K-2nd

Spring Time WH-Questions Grades Prek-6th

Full Court Questions- Homework Hoops BUNDLE Questions Game Grades Prek-6th

Five Green and Speckled Frogs- Nursery Rhyme Activities 2-Pack Grades Prek-1st

Frogs & Flies Quantity Concepts More/Less/Altogether Grades Prek-1st

Feed the Caterpillar Basic Concepts Grades Prek-1st

Easter BINGO Riddles Grades Prek-4th

Spring Speech Vocabulary Games- St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Spring Grades K-4th

Interactive Activities for Speech Therapy

Spring Early Language File Folder Activities Grades Prek-3rd

Interactive Vocabulary Books: Eggs & Bunnies prek-1st

Feed the bunny file folder activity

Easter Early Language File Folder Activities

Social Skills Resources for Speech Therapy

3 Strikes You’re Out Problem Solving Perspective Taking Activities Grades 4-8

Roll A Topic Spring FREEBIE Grades Prek-2nd

Springs Feelings Packet

Craftivities for Speech Therapy

Grow A Flower Craftivity For Speech Therapy

I Spy Nature Walk BINGO Book and book template FREEBIE

Ants Go Marching Craftivitiy FREEBIE

Spring Craftivity Worksheets Pack

Spring Craftivity Worksheets Grades Prek-8th

Spring Craftivity and Word Game FREEBIE Grades 1st-5th

Speech and Language Bundles

Springtime Themed No Prep Speech and Language Activities Grades K-4th

Blooming Into Speech & Language No Prep Pack Grades K-4th

Spring Speech & Language Therapy Homework BUNDLE Grades K-8th

Earth Day Extravaganza Speech & Language Packet Grades Prek-4th

Spring Themed Speech & Language Packet Grades Prek-7th

Spring NO PREP Speech Therapy Activities Grades K-5th

Spring Speech Homework BUNDLE

Rainy Day Language & Articulation Printables Grades Prek-5th

Speech & Language Receptive and Expressive Activity BUNDLE Grades K-5

Spring Speech & Language BUNDLE

Spring Speech & Language SUPER BUNDLE Grades Prek-6th

Hop Into Spring Speech & Language Bundle #2

Speech & Language Spring Bundle

Easter Eggstravaganza- Concepts Speech, Language & Literacy Packet Grades Prek-3rd

Spring Fun Pack for Speech & Language Therapy Grades K-4th

Book Companions for Speech Therapy

Move Over Rover Speech & Language Book Companion Grades K-4

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs book companion Grades prek-3rd

3 Billy Goats Gruff Speech & Language Companion Pack Grades PreK-3rd

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick Activities Grades Prek-2nd

Hopper Hunts for Spring A Book Companion Grades K-5th

Giggle Giggle Quack Book Companion Grades K-3rd

One Rainy Day: A (Mostly) No Print Book Companion Pack Grades 1st-5th

April Book Club BUNDLE

From Tadpole to Frog: A Book Companion

From Caterpillar to Butterfly- Book Companion about Butterflies

May book Club BUNDLE

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick Speech & Language Story Activities

Resources for Better Speech & Hearing Month

Better Speech & Hearing Month Awareness Packet FREEBIE

Mouth Craftivity & Bulletin Board

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