Strengthening Behavioral and Social Skills -

Strengthening Behavioral and Social Skills

Length:  12 units
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: Kindergarten – 4th Grades
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How to Use This Course

How do you know what someone is feeling? How can you tell what things are appropriate to say? Strengthening Behavioral and Social Skills is a collection of twelve printable games, activities, and resources to help kids learn why people sometimes act a certain way and the best ways for them to respond.

Course Introduction

Learning how to behave around other people can be challenging, especially if you don’t understand what they are thinking or what they expect. Through a series of games and activities like I Can Be a Superhero; I Have, Who Has Emotions; Stop, Think, Then Go game, and more, students can learn how to respond in various situations and how responding correctly can be a blessing to everyone.

  • Bible Verse Task Cards—In our house, we deal with a lot of anxiety due to autism and ADHD intersecting with military life (or, of course, just plain life)! I know we all experience anxiety, but some of us with anxiety disorders really struggle to keep our spirits calm. We also experience a lot of self-doubt, which feeds the anxiety loop. I wanted to make a few memory verse cards children with anxiety (or anyone) could use not just as an exercise to hide the Word in their heart, but also as a calming activity/re-direction or as gentle reminders posted in trigger hot spots.
  • Daily Growth Mindset Journal—Use this easy journal to help your students practice and sharpen their skills in areas such as emotions, expressions, accountability, critical thinking, positive self-esteem, hard work, and pro-social behaviors. 
  • Emotion Puzzle Match-Up—This resource can help your students practice the skill of decoding the emotion in other people’s words.
  • Going to the Dentist—Looking for a dental health resource or a social story about visiting the dentist? This unit consists of a seven-page social story booklet about visiting the dentist as well as printable worksheets to enhance the conversation about, and familiarity with, dental health. 
  • Going to a Funeral or Memorial—Use this memorial and funeral social story to prepare your students for what they may see, as well as talk with them about expected and unexpected behaviors. This social story does not talk about how people die, or where they go when they die. 
  • Grumpy Young Man—Do your kids like Old Maid? Use this game the same way; only the odd one out is the grumpy face! Use this game to help your students practice facial expression recognition. Differentiate by using the game as an opportunity to discuss feelings and/or strategies as pairs are matched. 
  • I Can Be a Superhero—Help students to practice their ability to control how they react in social situations and help them brainstorm some ways they can develop impulse control and navigate through their struggle in common everyday social situations. 
  • I Have, Who Has?—Looking for a game to practice identifying emotions? Play this game like any other version of “I have . . . who has . . .?” Start with one card and play through until you come back to that same card in a loop. See if you can have a time to meet or beat, or just have fun getting through the loop. 
  • Let’s Talk About Feelings—This colorful 30-tile dominoes-style game will help you to get kids talking about feelings and developing empathy, practice recall and sequence through retelling stories, and provide extra practice looking at facial and whole body expressions.
  • Making Faces—This unit is all about reading facial expressions as a social cue and developing empathy. This packet contains printable activities to help understand emotions, regulate emotions, and empathize with other people’s emotions.
  • Social Skills Challenge Bingo—This fun game helps students continue to think about and practice the social skills you’ve been working on.
  • Stop, Think, Then Go—Use this game to help students with impulse-control problems. Help them identify positive reactions, reinforce their ability to “stop and think” before reacting, and help them to realize they can’t control a situation, but they can control their reaction!

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