One of the amazing things about attending the Annual Social Thinking® Global Providers’ Conference are all the fun and engaging strategies you can take right back to the classroom or your social learning group. This summer, my group explored making Brain Boards, an idea presented by Nancy Clements of Social Thinking Boston. Brain Boards are a great way to learn more about your brain and encourage positive self-esteem. After reviewing emotional vocabulary and discussing several clips from the movie Inside Out, we talked about our strengths and some tools that can help us with self-awareness and self-regulation. We even added our own Personality Islands to the Brain Board. This project is a work in progress and some of the children also used the board as a reflection of all the thoughts and feelings going on inside their head. Next steps will include more on self-talk and ways we can get reset. Building a growth mindset and resiliency is such an important step in social problem solving.
For more information, be sure to check out this article by Michelle Garcia Winner, founder and CEO of Social Thinking®: 5 Teaching Ideas Connected to Pixar’s Movie Inside Out
Hope to see you at the next Social Thinking conference!
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.