During this topic, students will work on identifying/understanding situations that involve negotiation and compromise. Sometimes it may seem scary to change a routine, and it may leave us feeling disorganized, upset, and frustrated. It is important to know that it is okay to make changes and modify a plan. Change of plans occur every day and when changes do occur students must remember to take deep breaths and speak in a calm voice. If we raise our voices and get angry or frustrated, we can upset our friends and teachers which is not our intention. This topic is suggested to be targeted for two weeks. Below, you will find is a suggested sequence to follow.
Students and clinician will view a peer-mentored video titled, “Sneakers.” After viewing this video, the clinician and student engage in discussion with questions. Questions may include, “What reactions did you see? Was this the right reaction? What could have been done instead? Let’s role play this scenario correctly.”
Next, students will be visually bombarded with facial expressions that depict someone who is hurt by someone else’s words. It is important we are able to understand that our words affect others and may hurt someone’s feelings. When we realize we have hurt others, we must be quick to react and apologize for our actions and words.
Clinician and students will view a practice video titled, “Group Project”. After viewing this practice video, the clinician and student will engage in discussion with questions. Questions may include, “What went right? What went wrong? What could have been done instead? Let’s role play this scenario correctly.” Note: It can be very helpful to video tape students when role playing and then have students watch and rate themselves. (Remember to obtain written parental consent before incorporating photos/videos).
Review Concepts. Week two begins with a review of the previously learned concepts. Negotiation, compromise, and speaking in a calm voice will be discussed. Next, students will be visually bombarded with facial expressions that show anger, frustration, resistance to change in routine, and understanding that change is okay as long as you ae safe. It is important we understand these emotions and we understand that change is not a bad thing. When we are scared, worried, frustrated, or angry there is no need to raise our voices. We must remain calm and take deep breaths as needed.
Students and clinician view two practice videos titled, “Loosing a game” and “Roller Coaster”. After viewing this practice video, the clinician and student will engage in discussion with questions.” The clinician and student will discuss why sharing is good, change is okay, and when changes occur we should not be angry or frustrated, but instead discuss our emotions calmly. Additional questions may include, “What went right? What went wrong? What could have been done instead? Let’s role play this scenario correctly.”