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A Holiday Plan to avoid meltdowns
Are your holidays characterized by meltdowns due to sensory overload, social anxiety, or lack of routine associated with the hubbub that comes with the holidays? Do you need a social story to help you through the month of December? Join Harrison in this social story to learn how to develop a plan to stay HAPPY during all the chaos. Harrison’s cousin Chloe gives him 5 simple steps to avoid meltdowns and stay HAPPY in the instructional story. Then kids can fill in the blanks with their own thoughts and feelings in the personalized version. The instructional story uses real life scenarios intended to prompt your student to verbalize their feelings and anxieties in social and sensory overload settings.
This unit includes:
★ Harrison’s Holiday Plan Instructional Version
★ Harrison’s Holiday Plan Personalized Version with fill-in-the-blanks
★ 2 Strategy Posters for classroom wall, desk, locker, or to send home
★ 3 Strategy Worksheets
★ 2 Idea Banks
★ Letter to Parents
Table of Contents:
Page 1: Unit Cover page
Page 2-26: Harrison’s Holiday Plan Social Story (Instructional Version)
Page 27-53: My Holiday Plan Social Story (Personalized fill-in-the-blank Version)
Page 54: Stay H.A.P.P.Y. Strategy Poster
Page 55: Harrison’s Plan Strategy Worksheet Idea Bank
Page 56: Jingle Bells Strategy Poster
Page 57: Credits and Thanks
Page 1: Idea Bank – 12 categories with over 20 ideas for kids to use when creating their personal plans
Page 2: Letter to Parents
Page 3-5: Three different versions of the “My Plan” Worksheet
Recommendations for using this unit:
Instructional version: Print and put in sleeve protectors. Keep in a 3-ring binder. To save ink and paper you could project the instructional version onto a white board (smartboard, promethean board, etc.) for whole group instruction.
Personalized version: After reading the instructional version, guide the student through customizing a book by filling-in-the-blanks with their own thoughts and feelings. Make a copy of to send home so parents know what strategies kids are learning.
Posters: post somewhere visible to remind your student even when you are not around or print 4/page, laminate, and use as a desk. These strategy posters can rotate from teacher to teacher and be sent home to keep everyone who works with your child on the same page. Consistency across settings will help a child thrive.
Worksheets: We suggest using these worksheets as a discussion guide where the teacher asks the questions and acts as a scribe for a child, helping them formulate a plan. Often it’s easier for a child to articulate their thoughts without the pressure of trying to craft them into sentences, especially if writing is difficult. Include the parents in formulating the plan since they will play a huge part in carrying out the plan.
More SOCIAL STORIES:
→ Personal Space: 2 units in one
→ Personal Space Invader and Protector Games
→ Social Story Unit: Changes in Routine - It's Different Today
→ Flexibility when Plans Change
→ Social Story: Use Words instead of Hitting, Kicking, Biting, or Pulling Hair