How do you teach social emotional skills to preschoolers?
Working on social emotional skills to preschool or special education students can be tough! One way is to engage them in fun, interactive, and reinforcing social emotional activities! I’ve been working on simple but creative ways to do this, and my latest project is targeting the functions of behavior. (Find a post on crisis management HERE.)
Here’s one easy lesson you can plan for addressing the function of ACCESS.
Find the other completed resources addressing the functions of ATTENTION and ESCAPE / AVOID here…
This is a function-based social skills story or narrative for preschool social emotional learning, simple enough for early childhood special education students. Perfect for preschool social skills for morning meeting or community circle.
I Don’t Want To. This activity is one of several function-based social skills stories that teaches what expected behaviors relate to each behavior function, in this case, ESCAPE or AVOID.
Need a fun and simplified way to work on beginning social skills and behavior management? Preschool Social Emotional Learning activities can be hard to find, especially simple enough for early childhood special education students.
❤️ This is a short digital and print lesson titled I Can Get Attention. This is the first of several resources coming that are focused on the functions of behavior and aimed at the young learner.
Function of Behavior Activity: ESCAPE or AVOID
Here’s a great social emotional activity designed for preschool or students with more supportive needs in special education, speech and language, or ABA sessions.
This is a function-based social skills story or narrative for preschool social emotional learning, simple enough for early childhood special education students. Perfect for preschool social skills for morning meeting or community circle to help with classroom behavior management and addressing the functions of behavior.
I WANT THAT. This activity is one of several function-based social skills stories that teaches what expected behaviors relate to each behavior function, in this case, ACCESS or TANGIBLE.
DIGITAL: There is no right/wrong on the initial 14 slides; they are instructional in nature, presenting the social hidden rules. The last slides have 5 scenes, each with an expected behavior response and an unexpected behavior response, and the students say if they think the character made the right choice.
Comes in Google™ Slides and BOOM™ Cards, Easel™ activity, and a YouTube™ link giving you tons of options.
You can see the Boom Playable Preview HERE.
PRINT: Print the story in color to print/laminate to use as a book in class, print the small black-and-white version for students to color and take home, use the 4-page printable lesson as an extension activity, AND print the communication prompts (using several core words). I love this on my lanyard to carry throughout the day.
Social Skills Adaptive Book
Find the same story content from the digital versions in a printable book for your class or small group. Great opportunity to re-read or practice the skills of gaining attention in a socially appropriate way! Comes in color to be laminated and reused and also in black-and-white that can be single use. I like this one to give students to color and take home to read!
Social Skills Extension Activity
Find this extra activity to use after the social skills lesson. Identify the expected behaviors (and unexpected!) of access or tangible. Also one page to reinforce the rules from the social story. Also a page to earn “Kind Kangaroos” for saying you want something with your words! Practice the skill!
Printable Communication Visuals with Core Words
Bonus! Get 4 pages of printable visuals that work great on a lanyard to practice appropriate ways to say you want something. Visuals include core words such as “I want” and questions like, “Can I…?”