This week, talked about making friends and inviting others to play. We read You Will Be My Friend, a book about a pushy bear who demands that others play with her. In the end, Lucy learns that inviting people to play gently is a better way to go. We drew pictures about ways to invite other people to play with us. This week, we also reviewed the 3 As and the steps for taking responsibility for ourselves and our actions. We did some video modeling as we acted out ways to fix our mistakes and take responsibility for ourselves. The children loved being the stars of their own movies (on our classroom iPad) and watching themselves make good choices and right their "wrongs". We also spent time reading about Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind. I related this back to wanting to make friends and also taking responsibility for ourselves by talking about setting goals for what we want to accomplish or have. This is a tough concept and we will continue to work on it. On Friday, we finished out the week with a game day. I love watching the kids put the social skills we've been working on to use as they navigate compromising on a game, taking turns, being patient, losing, etc. Not a bad way to end a busy week! Enjoy your weekend!
Ann Reece is the upper elementary teacher in the ASD program.