I dread hearing, “I’m done, can I go?” There’s always at least one student in social skills or other therapy groups that finishes up with a task well before everyone else and asks to leave. This is how I have dealt with this challenge.
First, I give each student a working speech folder at the start of the year. In it, I place short activities that they can do alone that work on their IEP goals. If they are done early, they can grab this folder. That way, I don’t have to stop instruction with another student in the group to get the “I’m done early” student started on another activity.
It was a challenge though to find materials that a student can do alone to work on social skills! So, I’ve created some materials in a series called, “I’m done early.” This series for middle and high school students contains one page, no prep activities that work on social skills. How, you say, can you work on social skills, individually using pen and paper? Doesn’t that negate the social piece? Certainly, social communication is best practiced in a setting with peers. However, there is are ways to teach valuable social skills through a paper-pencil activity. These activities help students understand the language involved in the skill and promote understanding of the skills at a deeper level. These multiple skills pages are flexible because you can assign one or more boxes on the page depending upon how much time you have left in the session. There is a conversation starter box too and students can practice a conversation with you, another student or as a homework task.
This packet includes one-page black and white activity sheets that address important social communication topics including
tone of voice,
whole body listening,
giving and receiving a compliment,
There are three sections of the packet and the sample page shown above works on multiple language skills that help your student understand the topic in a more meaningful way while working on valuable language skills.
Also included are these “craft a conversation” pages where the student fills in speech bubbles on various topics. Students are encouraged to include questions and comments as ways to keep a conversation going beyond one turn! You can assign the entire page or select boxes. You could have your student practice one at home for homework!!
I’ve also included a section on working on taking multiple perspectives. A social situation is presented with a picture and the student writes in what each person in that situation might be thinking! There are also sheets included that allow you to individualize it to the needs of your student! This gets students thinking about the perspectives of those around them!
These activities work well for mixed groups too. You can have one part of the group working on articulation or language while your students with social communication needs work on an activity from the packet. Then, maybe they can all come together and practice a conversation! You can check out “I’m Done Early: Social Skills.” and the newest additions to the series,
I’m Done Early: Emotions in my TPT store.
Thanks for reading!