Our social learning group talked last week about the hidden social rules for receiving a gift. For practice, we did a short improv activity called “Silly Presents.” All you need is a box wrapped up like a present that can easily be opened and used repeatedly. The giver gives the gift to the recipient and tells then what it is in the box. The giver was instructed to use their IMAGINATION and tell them it is something very silly such as an old, smelly sock. Then the recipient had to decide how to react to the gift by showing gratitude and being FLEXIBLE. They had to do their very best to practice the SOCIAL FAKE and be positive no matter how absurd of a gift.
SOCIAL FAKE was developed by Michelle Garcia Winner. Group lesson was inspired by Social Thinking®, Superflex®, and The Incredible Flexible You™ curriculums by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and by 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. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.