IMG_4193 We are having SO much fun in our social learning group this holiday season! It was all about the Red Zone from The Zones of Regulation® by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.

I’ve had these red union suits for years and can’t wait to get them out for my holiday group activities. For the “Don’t Be an Angry Elf” activity, all you need are two adult size union suits and lots of green balloons. I found my union suits at Sears. I divided the children into two groups. First, each team had to decide who would be the angry Santa. Then they had to help their teammate get into the union suit and button up. This wasn’t exactly easy to do and took some motor planning.

When the two Santas were dressed and ready to go, I told the children that Santa was in the Red Zone as the children forgot to leave him any cookies and he was very hungry after delivering so many presents! The children were being a Just Me! The green balloons represented the cookies that would help Santa get back into the Green Zone. I rang a bell and the two teams worked fast to stuff their Santa full of balloons. The team that got all their balloons stuffed in Santa’s suit first won.

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IMG_4213Here’s just a sampling of some of the Superflex® Unthinkables this game can explore:

  • DOF
  • Mean Jean
  • Glassman
  • Space Invader

For more information about these Superflex Unthinkables, please go to www.socialthinking.com. Superflex® and the Unthinkables© were developed and copyrighted by Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal.

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Sometimes doing something incredibly silly can help you get back into the Green Zone!

Happy Holidays!

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About mhkeiger

I am a MAP Middle School teacher and a Social Learning Specialist. I am also the Program Director of Friend's Club social learning groups. I have presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Salem College and my master's degree in Cross-Categorical Education from University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I am a long-term member of the Autism Society of North Carolina. I was awarded Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2003. I have 25 years of extensive training and experience in the area of social skills.

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