In Your shoes is a social skills game for speech therapy, special education, counselors, and regular education teachers. It focuses on taking the perspective of others.
Perspective taking and social problem solving are vital skills for children.
This activity directly targets these skills.
The games are called 'In your shoes.' The download includes 3 games: Problem Solving 1 & 2 and Perspective Taking.
The problem solving games include social situations that require the student to identify a solution.
I use this large graphic in the middle of the table to remind the kids to identify the problem and the solution!
The game cards are tennis shoes with a social problem listed. For example: A new student came to school today. He’s standing near the lunch line looking nervous.. What could you do? The level one cards are appropriate for students in grades k-4
, but depending on developmental level they may work for your older students as well. Level 2 problem solving includes social problems appropriate for students in grades 4-8.
For example: Chad wants to play football and be in band. They have practice after school at the same time. What should he do?
The perspective taking cards
encourage kids to imagine themselves in someone else's shoes! You can use them to open discussion about empathy and making decisions based on others feelings. Theory of mind is such a difficult skill to teach, but it's fun when it clicks! The lack of perspective taking skills can really impact the kids ability to be sensitive to others and identify how others are feeling and reacting in a conversation.
The shoe cards each have a social situation. The students can identify how different people in the situation would feel. For example: Kennedy and Jordan both had their birthday parties last week and you only went to Kennedy’s. How does Jordan feel?
The games each come with these ' Gum on your Shoes' cards. They can help make the activity seem like more of a game if you need to use them!
Bonus cards: 16 more Perspective Taking cards were added.
Pick two different points of view on these topics. Place the card in the middle of the two shoes and practice thinking about two different points of view.
About the Author:
Jenna Rayburn, MA, CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She works full time as a school SLP in Ohio. Jenna was an invited speaker at the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention in 2016. She’s presented at the national, state, and local level about a variety of topics related to school-based speech and language therapy. Jenna has created over 350 resources for her fellow SLPs and is the number one SLP seller on TpT.
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