I can’t tell you how often I get a request from teachers to help students learn about how their behavior is affecting others and what they can do to change that behavior.
There are several really good visual strategies out there to help students with social understanding, I use what I think will work depending upon the child and the circumstances. One of my favorite tools is doing what I call Full Circle Cartooning.
No, I’m not an artist and I don’t actually draw some delightful little characters for our students. I present to students stick figures that basically tell a little story. The story involves “thought bubbles” of other people so that the student can “see” what others are thinking. Once they have this visual support, many students can modify their behavior.
Take a look!!!
Some things to consider:
- As I stated in the video, if you have a student who is a non-reader, you can use pictures instead of words in the thought bubble.
- It’s also a great idea to KEEP these cartoons in a folder or file. That way your student can look at them before a challenging social situation and the cartoons can help guide the students’ actions.
- Always do the initial cartooning when the student is sitting right there with you. I have found that most kids watch the cartooning with rapt attention and often have directed me to include more details in my drawings.
- One last thing to consider….Don’t always start cartooning when a child does something wrong. Cartoon when they do something socially appropriate as well. You don’t want students to start having negative feelings about cartooning. They might if all you do is show them what they’ve done wrong!
After fourteen years, this is my very last week with Hamilton Boone Madison Special Services. It has been an honor to serve the staff and students in this cooperative!!!
I think it’s always positive to have mixed emotions when leaving and starting a new position. For me, it means that I loved what I did in the old position and I can’t wait to get started in the new!
Try Full Circle Cartooning. I think you’ll like it!
I hope this helps with your students’ social understanding! Please leave a comment below and let me know how this works for you!
Take care and I’ll see you next time!