Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Idea #18: Give guidance through guidebooks

Posted on April 18, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from You’re Going to Love This Kid!

Many students on the spectrum benefit from learning specific coping techniques for struggles like perfectionism, anxiety, and anger. Today, there are many books on the market that help students not only learn these specific techniques, but learn them in step-by-step guidebook fashion. I really like Dawn Hubner’s series, including What to Do When Your Temper Flares, as she covers many topics and offers a range of ideas to the reader.

What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (What to Do Guides for Kids)

Did you know that anger is like fire? It starts with a spark, igniting us with energy and purpose. But it can also blaze out of control, causing lots of problems. If you’re a kid whose temper quickly flares, a kid whose anger gets too big, too hot, too fast, this book is for you. What to Do When Your Temper Flares guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with anger.

I also like Nobody’s Perfect, a book on perfectionism from Ellen Burns. Like Dawn Hubner’s books, it can be helpful for most of the students in a given classroom and not just those with identified needs.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children about Perfectionism

As a perfectionist, hitting the wrong note at a piano recital, or not making the soccer team feels like the end of the world! Gradually, through the help of her teachers and mother, Sally learns to have fun and not worry so much about being the best. She realizes that making mistakes is a part of learning, and that doing her best is good enough.

Finally, I am recommending, Speak Up and Get Along by Scott Cooper. It is mostly for elementary-aged students, but could be adapted for early middle school as well.

Speak Up and Get Along!: Learn the Mighty Might, Thought Chop, and More Tools to Make Friends, Stop Teasing, and Feel Good About Yourself

What if every kid had a handy toolbox of ways to get along with others? That’s just what this book is: a collection of 21 concrete strategies kids can pull out and use to express themselves, build relationships, end arguments and fights, halt bullying, and beat unhappy feelings.

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