Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review of a Terrific TPT Social Skills Unit

I've spent a lot of time this year on social skills.  Lucky me, a couple of years ago, Ephesus was awarded a grant for loads of social skills materials, so teachers and I have been teaching with SuperFlex and Think Social!  In addition, I had the opportunity to attend the ASHA convention and listen to Michelle Garcia Winner live twice!    They were the best two seminars ever! 

My kids have all responded wonderfully, but need repetition, so I casually have been on the search for good but inexpensive materials to supplement our existing lessons.  When I saw this blog, my interest perked up, and I went to the Teachers Pay Teachers store listed in the post---and for the first time actually bought an item from there.......a large social skills unit (51 pages!) which incorporates the same vocabulary as Think Social!  I used it today and the kids loved the first game (there are several).  We've only just begun.  Cheri at If I Only Had Superpowers is incredibly talented.  This packet was a mere $5.00--more like a small token than anything. 

Since I've used it only this week, I only have pictures of the first activity---children play a board game, and pick cards describing expected or unexpected behaviors.  In addition, the children can decide if the behavior is about respect or responsibility.     The characters on the posters are all super heroes, the graphics are great, the language clear and simple, and adults liked it too!   I can't wait until the next lesson.  The best part was how it all tied in with our existing curriculum, vocabulary, and expectations.

Board game fun, cards, categorizing behaviors
close up of game materials

motivating posters--each super hero has his own special social powers

I'll write more about this unit as we progress through it.  I also like the fact that I can let my resource teacher keep this in her room to use again with the same children.  Repetition, repetition, repetition.....that's what my kids need.

If you want to purchase it, go here.   It's not my unit, and no one asked me to write about it.  Believe me when I tell you it's good, and the price is right.




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