I got an exciting ‘swapportunity’ with Carissa from Home Sweet Speech Room. I have been eyeing up this packet for a while, so I was thrilled to check it out and share my opinions!
The packet is called Direction the Action Social Skills. You can see Carissa’s blog post about the item here. She is great about posting a ton of sample pictures so you can really get a feel of what you’re purchasing, so I won’t do the same! If you want to see examples from each section please click the link above!
This packet contains materials for identifying good vs bad scenes, correcting social scenes, identifying positive vs. negative emotions, idioms, getting somebody’s attention, turning a negative statement into a positive one, and tone of voice!
Below are some sample pictures to get a feel of the packet:
I really enjoyed this packet!! Being a material maker myself, I understand the challenge in coming up with relatable situations for social skills materials. I think Carissa did a great job of choosing situations, phrases, and scenarios that all of our students can relate to. I am currently working with some girls who are obsessed with acting and they LOVED the adorable graphics and the theme. I also think it’s a great theme for talking about social skills, because, honestly.. aren’t we all acting once and a while?? 🙂
Another great point about this product is that the social skills covered are different than ones I’ve seen in other packets! Sometimes I feel like I have 5 packets covering one specific skills, but this packet covers skills that I have less materials for (e.g.: getting the attention of others and turning a negative statement into a positive one!)
The only issue one of my students had was with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ scene sorting mats! She was confused why the people on the negative emotion and bad scene mats were smiling (it got a laugh out of me!).
How I Used It:
Exactly how it is intended! To me, that was the best part of this packet. It was organized well, explained well, and the activities could be used as is. After I did a couple of the activities with a few of my students, I would prompt them in other situations by asking them to think back to this game and turn their negative language into more positive language and how we have discussed getting another person’s attention. Sometimes I can even cue by just asking, “What would your actor do?” LOVE IT!
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this packet to anybody who works with students who need a little help with pragmatics! You can find it here.
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