The book I was most excited about was this glorious one...
I have been on the hunt for a while for a book to use in a social skills group. I have read tons of reviews and was going back and forth between this one and SuperFlex. I chose this one over SuperFlex because I thought it was more appropriate for my older students. The premise of this book is that Johnny is a young man who used to be socially awkward, but applied to his detective skills to help him navigate the social maze. Now that he is socially aware, he runs a detective business whereby he helps his not-so-knowledgable peers discover why they are less socially adept. It provides a story to support a social scenario & then he and his peer develop solutions to the problem.
The author even has a website where students can write in with their own scenarios:
My book is already flagged up with stickies & notes. I have been furiously working on how my group is going to run. I am a bit nervous about the whole thing, as I have never run a "social skills" group before. I mean, outside of my autistic classroom. Somehow this feels completely different, but I am really excited about it.
While I was waiting for my book to arrive, I tried to find some activites to correspond to the book like people have for SuperFlex, but I guess since it is a book for higher level students there isn't much out there. So today I worked on a few. At the end of the book, there are questions that can be answered for each chapter that is read. I took the questions and made a "worksheet". I am also not planning on reading the book chapter by chapter. I am starting with the most appropriate chapter for my group, which happens to be about excessive talking & misreading body language (a lot of the chapters deal with misreading body language). This is what I have come up with so far, but I haven't used it with a group yet, so I am sure that I have some tweaking to do yet.
I also created this page to help us with body language interpretation.
(This one is on BoardmakerShare.com)
I plan to begin our group sessions once we return from Spring Break. In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying warm weather, because it was cold and snowy here today!