Friday, April 18, 2014

"Ugh, I dont neeeeeeedddd ppppsssssrrrrr!!!"


Raise your hand if you've ever heard that line before? *raises hand* 
PSR, is meant to be short term. It's meant to teach skills, skills our clients can and will utilize on their own. This can be hard for clients who don't see the areas they need improvement in. We have to remember we are working with kids (who only have one reality, their reality) and some of you work with adults (it can be extremely hard to get an adult to be self reflective). 

Katie and I were brainstorming and she came up with this awesome visual to use with my client (Thanks Katie!)
We took a piece of construction paper and folded it in half. Then (as you can see) I cut a piece of yarn to fit the length of the page. 
Next my client and I brainstormed behaviors that brought her into PSR or ones she is currently displaying. We wrote those on the left side of the page *Note: this is extremely hard for some clients and can be met with resistant. It's not meant to be mean, it's meant to have them be accountable and aware of what they are doing. I always remind them of this throughout the process and explain none of these traits make them a bad person, etc. I will even throw in things about me I need to work on* 





Now, fill the other side with positive behaviors that will lead to graduation! *Another Note: My client had an incredibly hard time doing this. Me thinks 13 year old might think they know it all but, not quite : )

Yikes!

Easter almost slipped right past us! You'll have to forgive Katie and I....we have so much going on at times, that this poor blog sometimes get sad with lack of posts!

We posted this last year Easter egg hunt! You can use it in a number of ways....put coping skills inside, social skills (then have them role play), or as Katie did, put feelings inside! I also have done this and sometimes put a little candy in a few : ) Makes for a fun surprise!

You can also utilize the same concept of building Santa's beard with cotton balls--but make the easter bunnies tail! You can do this with listening skills (have them follow along while you read a book and ask questions to get a cotton ball) or with feelings find (go to the mall and go on a 'feelings' scavenger hunt).

Send out vibes for great weather tomorrow, Katie and I are running The Race to Robie Creek ....self care, people! Remember to take time to still do the fun stuff!

Monday, April 14, 2014

There's An App For That...

"It's really important to learn and improve social communication skills," said Sadler. "But it has to be something that grabs them."

Do y'all use tablet to work with your clients? What about kiddos with ASD? 

I read THIS article today about apps being built/being used etc, specifically for children with ASD. I have a love-hate relationship with technology and its overuse/abuse with children nowadays. But, this is when I LOVE it! When it's being used beyond reward and a zone out tool, it's being used as an educational tool, and doing it with success--yay! I know I am going to download some of these in the future!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Put On Some Shades...


Saw this on the ole Pinterest...I believe it said shades of vocabulary in the description but, I thought--shades of emotions, of course!

                                             















SO, thats what we did. I had my client give a main emotion to each color, then we made assigned shades of each. For example, green was given sad, dark green was really sad (with a picture and description of what his body would feel like in this color) and light green was kinda sad (and the same was filled in). These shades are great to identify what a client is feeling at a given moment during the session and I often used it with my ASD clients when they are having  hard time. I will direct them to pick out where they are on the shades and we go from there! Pretty sweet and easy y'all!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Leprauchan listening ears

A little late... Oops! 

Let your client decorate, then when you catch them listening, give them a sticker on their ear!


This would also work with bunny ears for Easter.

Happy St. Patty's day!

Rad.


We know all the kiddos we work with are pretty rad, as in awesome. 
But, there also is a different RAD we hear about which is Reactive Attachment Disorder.
 Children with this diagnosis can be quite a challenge. In doing some research, I found this interesting snapshot on what it looks like to be a child diagnosed with RAD and wanted to share it here, with y'all! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

You there! You are amazing!

   This fun little positive affirmation project involved a silhouette from a magazine, traced and cut out by my client. 

   We then put some words for her to say to herself daily (homework!), and placed it by her mirror to help her remember! 

     This was done while talking about the idea of replacing those negative feelings with positive ones!
Happy Friday!