Social Thinking Spiders Craftivity

Did you know some really creative SLPs started more instagramming, again with #instaslp?  They sure did!  Check out Speech Room News and Crazy Speech World to learn more.  So, why am I talking about this likely new addiction?  Well, because here is what I posted {is it called a post on instagram?}.

Scary Social Activities!  Okay, so maybe just creepy.

Our first social thinking group {thanks MGW} geared up to talk about how we use our brain to think about the world around us.  We made "creepy thinking hats!"  You know, the kind that help us use our brain to determine the voice of someone talking when we can't see them or the smell of chocolate chip cookies being made in the kitchen {or my personal favorite at school, when it's taco salad day and I forgot to order}.  How about using our brain to think about what others are saying or feeling?  We did just that.

So maybe you think this craftivity is a far stretch and I just wanted to do a craft!  I found this idea on Pinterest.  You can go HERE for the how to should you change your mind about my connection.

Here, my friends, is our older group.  They made "perspective taking spiders!"  These spiders are fully equipped with behaviors all over their eight legs.  Of course they require eight eyes to look when "reading" plans.  Inside that spider-iffic hat is a mighty brain that is learning to take another's perspective. So when I say good morning to my favorite SLP, she likely will feel super happy inside.  What about when I refuse to talk to that same SLP, she definitely gets grumpy and feels frustrated!

Michelle Garcia Winner, in her Think Social curriculum, indicates that many educators may feel uncomfortable telling a student this his specific behavior affects the feelings of others.  She states that reluctance to verbalize our feelings to others is supported by the idea that typical chidren can interpret or "read" feelings and can self-regulate behavior accordinglly.  She furthers goes on to point out that children with social-pragmatic and social-cognitive deficits display an inability to appropriately interpret emotional states and how they impact behavioral reactions. {MGW}

Learning to think socially is much more fun with a little creativity!

No comments

Back to Top