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Fix The Problem Game: A social skills activity for children on the autism spectrum
I designed this social skills teaching kit to employ several components I have found engaging and effective.
First, although the work is hard, I use a game-like format. I find it is often necessary to add levity when helping children do challenging work on difficult problems.
Second, although the objective is to get children to increase awareness of their own problems, I start by having children “discover” other people’s problems, those of the many game characters I invented. I find that once children have experienced some success in “fixing the problem” of the game characters, they are more likely to talk about their own issues.
Third, using tokens, in this case two kinds of play money, really stimulates participation.
The Emoticon art used in these cards comes from a free online source, Freepik.com. I fashioned the play money myself using various online sources.
I hope you enjoy these materials, which I enjoyed creating.
Joel Shaul, LCSW