It’s late on a cold Thursday night here in New Jersey, and I wanted to share a terrific therapy idea that my wonderful colleague Danyela Williams created this week. Danyela and I are always brainstorming ways to make the social learning process as multi-sensory as possible. At our private practice, most of our groups are involved in problem solving with a heavy emphasis on social cognition and emotional regulation.
We begin by giving one child one cup (don’t make the mistake I made and pass out all the cups–DISTRACTION CITY!), having them read the scenario out loud………
………..I have to insert that the cup that brought the unexpected laughs was “you smell gas when the turkey is in the oven”. All the kids giggled at the word gas as only kids do! Some other interesting responses were: the most “serious” problem (ages 7-10) was “Your mom tells you to put on a fancy shirt”; most split responses “Your Grandma is sleeping in your bed and you have to sleep on the couch”.
I attached a Google doc of the scenarios Danyela came up with here.here.