Happy New Year! It’s great to be back with a whole new series of videos and new products for 2017!!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and restful break. Jerry and I hosted family and friends for the past two weeks and it was both wonderful and inspiring!
To start the new year, I thought you might enjoy a video of something that is always on our minds for our students…how to improve social skills!
Too often we are forced to use material with our teen population that was actually designed for younger children. Teens enjoy seeing students their own age in social situations rather than watching young children engage is social interactions. They shy away from babyish material which is why you might enjoy seeing some social scenes acted out by teens in the app I’m showcasing today!
Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, the author of the PEERS Curriculum and the book, The Science of Making Friends has a very inexpensive social skills app that you just might find helpful.
Take a look!
Mark you calendars for Feb 4th! If you are in the Tulsa, OK area, come and spend the day with me at the Down Syndrome Society of Tulsa’s annual conference. Here’s what I will be covering:
- Communication strategies including using an extra large core vocabulary board, a vocabulary strategy for students with poor memory skills. Visuals for executive function
- Curriculum highlights: SRA Language for Learning and the STAR program
- Visual Supports for IA, Medical Issues and Behavior
- A sensory Make it/Take it activity
- Social Skills curriculum, apps, and materials
- Social/Emotional information, activities for building understanding and resilience
To sign up, go to eventbrite.com and plug in Tulsa, OK. You will see the conference, See it. Learn it. Do it. Conference: Helping Your Students with Special Needs. The Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa is sponsoring this event, so it is very affordable for everyone! Special pricing if you sign up by Jan 10th!
Hope to see some of you there!