Recommended by Social Thinking!
For professionals and parents to use with students of all ages.
This unique hands-on activity helps students who are highly anxious cope with their stress by systematizing social and emotional information. Using this self-contained product, the student literally sorts cards describing highly stressful situations into colorful pockets designating stress levels, ranging from 5-1, as a first step in changing the way he thinks about and responds to emotions such as anxiety, sadness and anger. A laminated erasable page and blank cards enable parents and teachers to individualize this innovative program. Suggestions for how to include it as part of a functional behavior assessment and a problem-solving activity are included.
"This is an activity-based method for assessing and treating anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Individuals who cannot verbalize what is causing their meltdowns can use the enclosed cards to identify situations that make them feel uncomfortable. This is a very useful tool for helping teachers, parents and psychologists understand how to help verbal individuals with autism and broader autism phenotype deal with inappropriate behavior and behavioral meltdowns, regardless of age."--Nancy Minshew, MD, NICH Collaborative Program for Excellence in Autism, University of Pittsburgh
"This is an amazingly simple product that speaks volumes! Being able to teach someone how to understand what makes them anxious in ways they and others can actually see is invaluable. A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control! helps put anxiety and stressors in perspective. It is a 'must-have' addition to everyone's toolkit."--Ronda L. Schelvan, MS Ed, Autism consultant and special education teacher, Washougal, Washington
15 pages. 2007