My students have been spending a lot of time working on social skills related to the holidays, especially thinking of others and expected behaviors. We began our work on gift-giving over a month ago and this week students put their skills to the test–and passed with flying colors!
Several weeks ago they were assigned to get a gift at the dollar store for another student in the group. They asked each other questions to determine likes/dislikes. Today they arrived with their gifts!
We practiced exchanging gifts:
Sharing attention to the receiver:
A great “thinking about others” task was having the children help me select a gift for their mothers. I stopped at Bath & Body Works and picked up an assortment of hand soaps. I told the children that I wanted to give each of their moms one, but needed their help in making a selection. We discussed the various types of soap and why they might appeal to a certain person (ie., Gingerbread for a mom who like to bake, Cinnamon Apple for moms who like apples, Sparkling Snow for moms who like winter, etc). The children selected a hand soap and talked about why their mom might like their choice.
All the work, preparation and role-playing made our sessions a great success! I’m eager to hear from parents how their skills generalized over the holidays!