Showing posts with label social skills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label social skills. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Make social learning stick!

Looking for something to help kids understand social learning better? Make social learning stick! might be just the ticket. The book offers almost 200 activities that are fun and easy to do that help with teachable moments throughout the day. From getting ready for school to preparing dinner to going to the doctor, this book can help reinforce expected social behavior. Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Speech and Skill Development Video Modeling Program

Created for learners with special needs, this Speech and Skill Development Video Modeling Program will help your child learn social, self-help, communications, and play skills. Join John and learn what happens and how you behave wherever you go, whether it's a visit to a doctor or dentist or getting your hair cut. Speech, labeling, writing, reading, sequencing, modeling, generalization, and association to objects, actions and concepts are included.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mobile App Monday - Pictello

Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices. Stories can be shared using iTunes File Sharing or via WiFi with other Pictello users through a free account on the Pictello Sharing Server. Stories can be shared with non-Pictello users as PDF files through email or iTunes File Sharing. -iTunes

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language

Children and teens with developmental disabilities sometimes have trouble understanding the language of nonverbal communication. With the practical strategies developed by veteran special education teacher Pat Crissey, Body Talk offers more than 100 activities break down elements of body language into teachable components. Role playing, games, art activities, watching video clips, and using worksheets, quizzes, and charts will all help you teach kids how to understand body language.

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lost child? Living with an intellectual disability

Content description for Lost Child?:
"For a person with an intellectual disability, social communications and interactions can sometimes be limited or difficult. 'We don't always know how to get the feelings out,' says Alyssa Ruzzin, whose life is the focus of this film. Coping with the challenges of an intellectual disability compounded by epilepsy, she is an inspiring speaker and a forthright advocate for the rights of people with special needs. Over the course of this documentary filmed by her brother, viewers are given an opportunity to learn more about Alyssa's rich interior life as well as her struggles and triumphs as she deals with going to work, being in a relationship, and other day-to-day activities. By opening up to Greg and his camera, Alyssa is hopeful that she 'might be helping people realize what goes on in other people's heads when they can't speak about it'."

Interested? Email us at to check out this title or use to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Skills Training for Struggling Kids

Are your child or teen's emotional or behavioral difficulties getting in the way of success at home, at school, or in social situations? Skills training for struggling kids: Promoting your child's behavioral, emotional, academic, and social development might be what you're looking for. From checklists, worksheets, and troubleshooting tips, the strategies found in this book can help your child work on:

*Following rules and behaving honestly.
*Curbing angry outbursts.
*Making and maintaining friendships.
*Expressing feelings productively.
*Staying on task at school.
*Resolving conflicts with siblings.
*Managing stress.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Social Emotional Development in Young Children

Looking for a way for teachers and parents to help young children build social emotional skills? The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention has collaborated with others to create The Backpack Connection Series, a series of one-page handouts designed to keep parents informed on the specific social and behavioral topics their children are learning in school and how they can help at home.

To learn more about this series, please visit TACSEI's site at:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Wait Timer

Wait Timer is a visual and audio tool to help people with waiting. The app includes a social story about waiting, and an audio/visual tool for waiting that can be set to different times.

★ Great color-coded visual timer that shows the time ticking away.
★ Settings to easily change the “wait” time.
★ Social story that talks about waiting and waiting strategies.
★ And more

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mobile App Monday - Everyday Social Skills

Everyday Social Skills includes common daily activities such as walking down the street, using a restroom, waiting in line, asking for directions, asking for information and joining in a group. The Everyday Social Skills HD app is a complement to The Conover Company's Functional Skills System software. Everyday Social Skills is a part of a series of apps that focus on functional life, literacy, math, social, health, transportation and work skills for both the iPod/iPhone and iPad.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Attainment's Explore Social Skills

Attainment's Explore Social Skills is a program that teaches 50 social skills specific to a high school environment. Each skill has five or six steps that have to be taught and mastered to fulfill the goal. These skills can be modified to meet standards specific to your school. The proficiencies taught in this program establish a model of necessary social skills essential to attain social competency and be successful in school, community and workplace.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Life Skill Stories

Attainment's Life Skill Stories are literature-based life skill curricula for secondary students who read at a third grade level and above. The  set includes six books with a total of 120 stories. They focus on typical teenage experiences, and the skills we all need to navigate life. Each story is 5 pages long with a Flesch-Kincaid 2-3 reading difficulty level. The characters in the stories are teenagers, friends, and family members. Some stories are humorous, some are a little mysterious, and others have a touch of drama. Each story concludes with What Do You Think? and What Would You Do? sections.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Mobile App Monday - My DPS

The Digital Problem Solver (DPS) originally appeared in The Social Express™ as a tool for the characters to use to identify emotions and coping strategies. Users quickly requested a real DPS to use outside of the software. My DPS is a customizable application that enables children to select a feeling and a coping strategy to calm themselves. My DPS features eight feelings including:
• Bored
• Surprised
• Mad
• Annoyed
• Happy
• Scared
• Sad
• Frustrated

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TalkAbout for Teenagers

A week ago we looked at Talkabout for Children. Today we'll take a peek at Talkabout for Teenagers. This program is designed specifically for teenagers with all the tools you'll need to run social and relationship skills group sessions. The book:
  • Is divided into five, hierarchical modules – self awareness and self esteem; body language; conversational skills; friendship skills; assertiveness skills– each module includes a teaching plan with worksheets and photocopiable resources.
  • Includes a short assessment to highlight the module that is most appropriate to teach and the skills within that module that are relevant
  • Provides a short guide to running successful social skills groups, for example, the numbers for each group, group rules, developing group cohesion, how to set up a role play.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Meet Thotso, Your Thought Maker

Looking for a book to help children build their positive thinking skills? Meet Thotso, Your Thought Maker is a 30 page board book with interaction on almost every page. The book introduces Thotso the Brain and Thotso's thinking patterns: Smiling Thots, feel good thoughts; BooBoo Thots, hurtful thoughts; and Bandage Thots, kind words that can process BooBoo Thots into Smiling Thots!

Want to check it out? Email us at or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Talkabout for Children: Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem

From the book description:

Self awareness and self esteem are essential prerequisites to developing social skills. Talkabout for Children is a practical resource loaded with activities and games for developing self awareness and self esteem.  
The book includes:
  • Over 40 activities to develop self awareness and self esteem
  • A CD with colour versions of the activities to print out and use
  • A year’s teaching plan to help teachers incorporate groups into the school curriculum
  • A short introduction to working with children with low self esteem and social skills difficulties

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Social Fortune or Social Fate

Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers is a graphic novel with anime illustrations that will capture the attention of teens. Ten social scenarios are presented with each one being played out through the lens of Social Fortune or Social Fate by demonstrating visually how a situation can change quickly based on how someone reacts within it.

Interested? Email us at to check out this book. Or use to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Psychosocial aspects of disability

Psychosocial aspects of disability: Insider perspectives and counseling strategies is a textbook for students and rehabilitation counselors that provides insight into the everyday lives of people with disabilities. Sixteen people with different disabilities give first-hand accounts of their life experiences. With these narratives are guidelines and strategies for counselors, including "do's and don'ts." The book also discusses sociological and societal perspectives toward disability and ongoing treatment issues and ethical dilemmas for counselors.

Interested? Email us at to check out this title or use to find it in a library near you.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Social Rules for Kids

Got a kid who needs some extra help learning social skills? Social rules for kids: The top 100 social rules kids need to succeed is written in a fun kid-friendly style. From rules on making conversation to recognizing and avoiding bullying to learning good manners, this book will have a bit of something for everyone who needs help. Tips to remember at the end of each skill are presented again at the end of the book in the form of a list that could be copied and kept near at hand as a quick reminder.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Hidden Curriculum

Some kids understand the everyday hidden curriculum very well but others, like kids on the autism spectrum or those with learning disabilities, seem to need direct instruction to "get it." Hidden Curriculum for Kids encourages conversations about real-life social situations that can cause confusion for some kids. For example, the screen shot above shows the difference between "fair" and "equal," something that a lot of us get confused.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today on Mobile App Monday

Looking for an easy way to create social stories for kids? Stories2Learn is a mobile app that can quickly create social stories showing various social cues. Users can easily build their own stories by adding pictures, audio, and text. It can also be used to create visual schedules for children who need extra help with organizing their time.

Stories2Learn comes preloaded with one story demonstrating the skills necessary to play a game with a friend. For more information, go to: