Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

Both STAR and SODAS are a good way to help your client recognize their choices, and work toward accountability and responsibility.  STAR is also a resource for working with impulsive behaviors!

Stop: stop your actions, what you are doing
Think: think about the realistic choices you have
Act: follow through with that choice
Review: how did your choice turn out? Would you have made a different choice?

STAR practice ideas:

Play connect four, chess, checkers or other board games that involve thinking before moving, and review the steps before taking a turn.
Play sports or active video games, naming the steps to help make the best move or choice in the game.
Play pool using STAR, then play without stopping and thinking, then talk about how STAR affected the game.
Make reminders and posters in the shape of a star, and then label it.

Situation: What Happened? What is the problem?
Options: Good or bad, what are the options you have to handle the situation? Name several of these.
Disadvantages: What are the disadvantages to the choices you could make?
Advantages: What are the advantages to the choices you could make?
Solution: Name the best choice!

Write these choices out, then get creative and make posters and reminders.


  1. I read 'SODA' was also used for communication (winner or mayo) as a tip for knowing when to join a conversation: Stop, observe, decide, action. Love your sight.

    1. Thank you for your comment, I have not heard SODAS used this way, and will definitely have to try it. Especially useful when working with children on the spectrum. Thanks again!

  2. I just want to say thank you for taking the time to make this kind of information available for others to use! As a homeschool mom to 2 kiddos, one of whom is autistic,I am dissapointed by the lack of info online and through blogs about these kinds of practical and useful ideas. So, thank you!

    1. You are very welcome, Laura!! : ) Thank you for the support!!

  3. Do you need a S.O.D.A. is something I also use to help kids process anger or maladaptive behaviors.
    S= Stop and calm down
    O=Observe what was happening what are my options
    D=Decide what to do about the situation
    A= Act on your decision

    If it didn't work start again
    I also use it as a que when in public that doesn't embarrass.
    Do you need a soda
    I reward kids with a SODA at the next session if they can tell me examples of how they used it between sessions
    It is also a way to teach the strategy to teens
    Lets go get a soda and work this out.
    The possibilities are endless.
    I have also created a powerpoint to use with this and to paste into journals if anyone would like it email me at

    1. SODA is the best! Happy to hear others using it! I like the reward of an actual soda, too--I bet you get some happy kiddos with that!!