If you have a student who often gets too silly and dysregulated, you know it can easily get your whole group out of control. I decided to be proactive and do some direct teaching to the target students. They appeared to increase this behavior when someone got in trouble or someone else acted up, often presenting as somewhat anxious behavior. We also found our kiddos did not know how to act in lieu of being silly, so in addition to this lesson we add on some social skills in what to do when someone else gets in trouble and how to ignore others’ bad behavior. We discuss the concepts of maturity, and use perspective taking to discuss going from
silly to obnoxious and what other people may be thinking. At the end we have a scale for looking at the different levels of silly (from being calm to being hyper),where each is appropriate and what to do to calm down.