The tricky task of filtering our thoughts is one that all of our kids have to master. Not only is it important for making and keeping friends but it will also be a necessity when applying for and maintaining a job. We first focused on speech bubbles vs. thought bubbles. With a cup of water and some marbles, we poured our speech bubble thoughts through the filter and watched the water go through. This was able to be seen and heard. Then we poured in the thought bubbles ("I hate this", "You're dumb", "This is stupid" etc.) and with the marbles saw how they got stuck in the filter and did not come through. Those were unable to be seen and heard. We sorted more cards with statements on them and practiced within our social detective notebooks. Lastly, the kids watched a Model Me Kids video about sharing and taking turns to prepare for our combined game day with grades 2-5. The first graders caught up on work they were behind in, read Sad Sam and Blue Sue as well as the Feelings book and references the 5 point scale with them. We also began talking about Body in the Group-stay close to the group of kids or the teacher so they know we are interested and listening. They also played with Mrs. Szalay and practiced sharing toys.
Megan McQuillan is the lower elementary teacher in the ASD program