Parents are always asking us for product recommendations to help make life easier at home or to help their children learn and develop. Here is our first edition of OT Product Recommendations. We will be featuring a great book and a must have tool for managing behavior and making life easier (for you and your child).
You are a Social Detective
Authors: Michelle Garcia Winner,Pamela Crooke, PhD
We are all “Social Thinkers,” on a daily basis, when interacting with the people around us. As good Social Thinkers, we are aware that we have thoughts about the people around us and that they have thoughts about us and the way we behave. We are also “Social Detectives” who are constantly listening, looking, thinking, and doing things in our environments. You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids encourages kids to act as Social Detectives, considering the environment and thinking about their own thoughts before choosing how to act. This comic book provides a wonderful visual explanation of how we can be good Social Detectives who can determine what are expected and unexpected behaviors in various situations. Great illustrations in this book help depict the concepts and provide a useful tool to explain Social Thinking to a child.
If I was stranded on an island and could only bring 5 items to do therapy with what would I bring? Definately a Time Timer! This is a must have item in my "therapy tool kit." If I am ever doing therapy outside of the clinic this is one of the items that I am sure to grab.
Many of the children I work with have a lot of difficulty with transitions. Some struggle to stop an activity and move to something new and others struggle with not constantly moving from activity to activity. Many children struggle with both! Using a Time Timer provides a clear visual reminder of when a child will have to stop the activity and move on or it will help a child see how long they must remain focused on the task at hand. I find that the Time Timer makes it so I am not making the child stop, start or continue doing something that they may not want to. The timer now is the dictator. Most children are rule followers and they understand the concept of rules. The rule is very black and white (well, actually red and white)..."when the red goes away we ________."
I highly recommend making the investment in a Time Timer. Also, did you know there is a Time Timer App!
What do you like best about the Time Timer? What are you favorite strategies for helping your child manage their time?