I’m sure you will agree that most of our best therapy ideas are inspired by our students. In my private practice our focus is on social skills, where one client described his struggles as “having a little monster inside–I guess I need to train him”. As soon as those words escaped his mouth, I was on to the idea for my latest packet: Social Monsters, which is geared to the PreK-Grade 2 set.
As my client articulated, each child becomes a trainer of their own “monster”, guiding their monster through a variety of social skill activities. Each monster has it’s own social skill struggles, along with unique names that my students love! For example, there’s:
- Arum, who finds it hard to make friends
- Muckduck, who gets easily upset
- Tiptup, who does not like to lose
In the fourth activity, children focus on creating their own “Toolbox” of emotional regulation strategies (for their monsters, of course!):
Have fun helping your students “train their monsters” and develop social communication skills! You can find this 42-page packet in my TPT store.