Teachers, counselors, SLPs, and psychologists love Social Skills Basketball! It includes over 300 game cards and includes evidence based strategies. Cards include role-playing, conversations, perspective taking, self-monitoring, understanding situations, and using feeling scales. The game will provide hours of social skills instruction with little preparation time. Students make baskets by following the directions on the card. Social Skills Basketball will provide your students with social skills instruction in a game format which will make social skills instruction fun for many of your students. Your students will beg you to play this game! Who doesn't like to shoot a piece of paper into a basket/ container? The game includes cards in which the student must take free throws (balled up piece of paper) into a container (not included). The game itself will create an element of competition, which you can use to teach your students good sportsmanship.
Students will learn valuable skills such as
1. Taking the perspective of another person in a situation,
2. Having a back and forth (reciprocal) conversation with others about a variety of topics
3. Initiating conversations with others
4. Joining a conversation with others
5. Identifying feelings and degree of the feeling (e.g. very angry vs. a little angry)
6. Learning to use self-monitoring strategy (A student rates themselves on thier performance)
7. Role playing what to do and say in various situations
8. Social problem solving/ dissecting a social situation and determining behavioral choices and the consequences of those choices
9. Building a better understanding of various social situations and how to respond in a particular situation
10. Teaching replacement behaviors
The game includes: directions on how to play, 300+ game cards, a score card, a one page parent handout describing the game and its function to parents, a data sheet that could be used to record performance on specific goals (Reached goal 3 out of 5 trials during Social Skills Basketball), feeling scales (can be used during the game or in other situations), and a self-monitoring visual prompt.
This game is excellent for elementary (2nd and up) and middle school!
Score as many points as possible to win the game! Have fun teaching social skills to your students!
Ben DeWolfe, Ed.S.