We recently moved on to the book "Superflex takes on Rock Brain and the Team of Unthinkables". Superflex touches upon some of the same principles that Social Detective does. However, Superflex discusses the "Team of Unthinkables" and how to defeat them. The Team of Unthinkables is a Motley Crew of characters, representing the problems that can arise when we are not flexible thinkers.
Rock Brain is the character that is mainly discussed in this book (duh). He is the character that makes people get stuck in their ways. This is perfect for my class, as I have a student that can be very rigid when it comes to the things he wants to do (such as taking the elevator instead of the stairs, or insisting that I modify my natural Long Island accent to fit how he thinks I should say certain words).
Before we read the book,I made these super simple visual posters to remind students of what Rock Brain looks like and how to combat Rock Brain.
I collected some sensory balls that are squishy to represent a flexible brain. I also made a makeshift rock (some people say you can to find a rock in a courtyard or from a landscaped area to use, but frankly there just aren't that many rocks hangin' around in New York City). We discussed how the balls we "flexible", how we could play with them easily and that they couldn't hurt anybody. However, the "rock" (aka the box of erasers wrapped in construction paper) was heavy and hard. It wasn't as fun to play with the hard rock as it was the squishy sensory balls. This visual seemed to really make sense to my students (and I had trouble getting the balls away from them!)
After we had read the book a few times and discussed the different ideas, we completed some graphic organizers to identify behaviors of when we are being flexible thinkers and behaviors of when we have rock brain.
I'm sure it's no secret to all of you that it is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. I am linking up with some really awesome special education/autism blogs to celebrate!
Next up in the link up is from Fun in ECSE...check it out!