The Star of the Story Is… You!

The Star of the story is YouA tool I have found helpful with transitions, especially the transition of a new school year, is social stories. An array of social stories are avilable on-line and in books, but personalizing social stories with photographs of the student doing the desired activity seems to get a better response. A new school year may include many firsts such as new staff,new room,and a new routine.Familiarizing students with new staff or what is expected (Such as, “waiting in line to get lunch”, or “sitting on the carpet with hands in lap”) by using photographs increases buy-in. Who doesn’t like being the star of their own story?

Old Fashioned Token Boards

Old fashioned token board improvementLast month I read a post from DC-School Psychologist about using social stories to help the student’s transition. She suggested using photographs of the students doing the desired activities to personalize the story. I loved this idea and decided to use it with our token boards as well. We took a photo of the student doing the desired target behavior and laminated it to the front of the token board. It’s a great reminder for both the student and the staff. Everyone knows exactly what the target behavior is and how the student earns his/her tokens. Also, to remind the student of what they should be doing we simply point to their photo. Thanks, DC Psychologist for the great idea! It has made a big difference.

Smile! You are on Your Student’s Refrigerator

As a school based Speech Language Therapist, I make a strong effort for the students and parents to know my face during those first delicate weeks of school. In order to keep my face familiar, I send home a letter with a recent picture of me doing something fun from the summer. Not only does this glimpse of my personal life allow the parents to get to know a little about me, but the picture with my contact info often ends up on family refrigerators. Students get to see me as a familiar face in their kitchen, and parents are easily able to identify me when they meet me on campus. Personal touches go a long way in establishing positive relationships at the beginning of the school year.