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Commenting Visuals for Students Who Are Nonverbal

Commenting Visuals for Students Who Are Nonverbal

When we have students who are nonverbal or have limited verbal skills, one of the first types of communication we work is requesting items. This type of communication is innately reinforcing because the child gets something they want and it's functional because the...

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Building Social Skills with Students Who Are Nonverbal

Building Social Skills with Students Who Are Nonverbal

Turn taking is a great skill to target with all of your learners but your kids who struggle with receptive language skills will hugely benefit from this activity. Turn-taking is the foundation of a conversation and is the first stepping stone towards effective social...

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Using Rubrics to Take Data on Social Skills

Using Rubrics to Take Data on Social Skills

Taking data on social skills can be difficult because many social skills are complex and involve several steps. How can you say if someone is participating in a conversation with a simple plus or minus? Can you easily assign a percentage of involvement in a group...

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Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?

Leprechaun, Leprechaun What Do You See?

I figured I would start my St. Patrick’s Day activities this week in therapy since I have lots of different St. Patrick’s Day materials to use and only a short amount of time.  I’m going to be sharing about some different St. Patrick’s Day themed adapted books,...

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My 5 Favorite Games for Working on Social Skills

My 5 Favorite Games for Working on Social Skills

Scattergories is a fav. You can make it easier (use your own categories and not the ridiculously hard ones they give you) or harder (by using those ridiculously hard ones). I put a major social skills twist on this game by putting kids in small groups or partners....

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Social Story Adapted Books: Communication Edition

Social Story Adapted Books: Communication Edition

When two things that you love come together - something truly wonderful can happen. And no I'm not giving a PG rated "where do babies from talk" - I am talking about a really great mash up. Like the cronut, brunch, or taco pizza (if you've never tried it, you're...

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Using Visuals When Teaching Social Skills

Using Visuals When Teaching Social Skills

Visuals help our students understand their world. They help gives cues of how to act, where to go, and what to say or do. It's no surprise that visuals can be immensely helpful when teaching social skills. Visuals can serve not only as a method of communication but...

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Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Social skills are so important to include in our students curriculum and I know Sasha has been sharing some great social thinking goals and ideas with you.  I thought I would share something I’m doing with some of my students to work on building up those social...

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Providing Reinforcement for Conversation Skills

Providing Reinforcement for Conversation Skills

Last month we talked about how important reinforcement is when teaching new skills. If we want our kids to continue to display these great communicative skills - we need to provide reinforcement. Sometimes we get in a habit of giving awesome amounts of...

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Being Part of a Group: a Good Goal for Any Learner

Being Part of a Group: a Good Goal for Any Learner

Since almost all of us are in classrooms where we have a few too many students and a few too less staff members (insert angry emoji face here), we can all appreciate a small silver lining in our overcrowded classrooms - embedded social skills. That sounds like...

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