In a child's world, every problem is a big deal to which they respond with big emotions. In this social story, cute robots teach children to size up their problems then react appropriately. Kids will be exposed to 100+ everyday situations. They will learn critical thinking, positive thinking, and self-regulating as they analyze each situation. Dropping a pencil and breaking a leg do not merit the same reaction, but if we don't help kids learn perspective they will react to everything as if it is a big problem.
This unit includes:
★ Instructional story
★ Personalized story (fill-in-the-blanks)
★ Discussion guides
★ Strategy posters
★ Note to adults
1. Sizing Up My Problems Social Story Unit
Page 1: Unit Cover Page
Pages 2-10: Instructional Story
Pages 11-22: Personalized Story
Page 23: Support Tools Cover Page
Page 24: Half page strategy card
Pages 25: Full page strategy poster
Page 26: Simplified strategy poster
Page 27: Fill-in-the-blank strategy poster or assessment
Page 28: Problem size guide
Page 29-32: Discussion guides
Page 33: Dear Adult
Page 34: Thanks and Credits
2. Sizing Up My Problems Activity
Page 1: Unit Cover Page
Page 2: Prep/Directions for Teacher
Page 3: Directions for Kids
Page 4-8: Strategy mats and draw pile mat
Page 9-23: 90 problem cards
Page 24: Thanks and Credits
Recommendations for using this unit:
- Instructional story – Print, insert into sleeve protectors, and keep in a 3-ring binder. Use comb binding for a thinner book. Share with teachers, counselors, parents, babysitters, coaches, etc. so everyone knows what strategies you are working on.
- Personalized story - To avoid fatigue, we recommend that you introduce this story after the child has had a break but within 24 hours of the instructional story. Allow time for the student to pause, process, and record their thoughts and feelings. If writing is a challenge, consider providing a scribe.
- Discussion guides – After reading both stories, use the discussion guides as discussion guides in which an adult moderator acts as the scribe allowing the child can focus on processing their thoughts. These guides can also be used as worksheets to practice analytical thinking or in a "cool down" zone to practice self-regulation. These can be helpful in data collection for IEP or BIP goals.
- Strategy posters – Allow the child to chose his/her favorite, then laminate and post in a visible place (refrigerator, playroom, bedroom door, etc.)
- Activity - For longevity, print in color and laminate or print in color on card stock. This activity can be used one-on-one or in a small group setting. To maximize the effectiveness of the game and keep student interest, we recommend that you only use up to 45 cards in one sitting.
- NOTE: Use your discretion with these cards as some of the HUGE problems include topics such as death, divorce, critical illness, and abuse. Since the size of the problem can vary depending on context, these problem cards are meant to generate discussion. If a child says something that leads you to believe they may be in danger, please follow your state mandated reporting procedures.
More SOCIAL STORIES:
→ Things I Can and Cannot Control Poster
→ Sibling Squabbles: a social story unit
→ 2 Social Stories in 1 Unit: Moving Away (When My Friends Move AND When I Move)
→ Social Story Unit: Use Self-control, S.T.O.P.
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