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Use Social Thinking curriculum to give additional support and systematic programming to all students at our school (pre-k thru 5th grade) who show a need for behaviorial/social intervention based on their individual classroom behavior data, ability to self-regulate during unstructured activities (ex. lunch or PE), ability to work independently during small group classroom work activities/projects and/or office referral data.

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Thinking Social for Academic Success

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Suzanne Bradford 
 
Stacey Rutledge, Christina Covington, Theresa Christopher, Lisa Deetz 
Students Impacted:
61 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
February 24, 2015

Investor

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $564.91

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 26

Six 4th and six 5th grade students needing tier 2 behavioral supports participated in lunch bunch once a week for six weeks.  During each lunch bunch session, the guidance counselor and social worker delivered mini-lessons on the 5 Point Scale.  The 5 Point Scale teaches students the importance of remaining at a level 1 or 2 (calm state) in order to learn.  Students discussed strategies they could implement if they are at a level 3 (teaching self-advocacy) and what to do if they are at a level 4 or 5 (take a break; ask for a walk).  Based on the pre and post attitude surveys, 100% of the lunch bunch participants showed an increase in positive statements about their self, friendships and attitude about school.

The behavior specialist used The Incredible Flexible You curriculum in the Pre-k and K/1 ASD classrooms. All students demonstrated an increased understanding of “ready to learn” skills while role playing during the social skill group lessons.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Use Social Thinking curriculum to give additional support and systematic programming to all students at our school (pre-k thru 5th grade) who show a need for behaviorial/social intervention based on their individual classroom behavior data, ability to self-regulate during unstructured activities (ex. lunch or PE), ability to work independently during small group classroom work activities/projects and/or office referral data.  

 

What will be done with my students

Student support staff (guidance counselor, social worker, behavior specialist) and our Speech Language Pathologists will use the Social Thinking curriculum with students needing Tier 2 or Tier 3 interventions for social/behaviorial deficits. The Social Thinking curriculum used will be based on each student's grade level, development level, and social/behaviorial deficit/s. Targeted students will participate in weekly small group Social Thinking instruction during their grade level's intervention time period. Since this will be a Tier 2 or Tier 3 intervention, progress monitoring will be ongoing for each student.
 

 

Benefits to my students

By participating in the Social Thinking curriculum, the targeted students will improve their social/behaviorial functioning. The students participating in the Social Thinking intervention groups will:
Learn to recognize that they and others have different perceptions and abilities to process social information
Learn to navigate their social thinking, social interaction and social communication in order to decrease problem behaviors and increase their ability to become effective members during classroom small group work activities/projects
Learn to better adapt and respond to the people and situations around them

In addition to strengthening social/behaviorial functioning, the Social Thinking curriculum will strengthen the students' academic skills since the social mind is critical for making sense of so much of the information taught through our Common Core or state standards. Many of the standards encourage students to consider another’s point of view, infer or predict actions, or summarize plots, all of which are rooted in processing that occurs in the social mind.
 

 

Describe the Students

The targeted students show a need for tier 2 or tier 3 support due to social/behaviorial deficits. Currently there are 45 general education students (k-5) who could benefit from participating in the Social Thinking curriculum. Some of these students have been diagnosed with ADD (attention deficit disorder), sensory disorders, anxiety disorders or Asperger's. Some are language impaired. Many have no diagnosis. 16 students are serviced in our self-contained ASD (autism spectrum disorder) units (Pre-K-5) and have high functioning autism. 

 

Budget Narrative

All budget materials will be purchased from SocialThinking.com. Our RTI (response to intervention) team chose the Social Thinking curriculum/materials for our Tier 2 and Tier 3 social/behaviorial intervention groups because of its ability to meet the various needs and developmental levels of the students at our school. Using one curriculum source for our social/behaviorial interventions will give our students and staff a common language and will give our school the ability to build capacity among our staff since the curriculum can be implemented year after year with no additional cost to our school.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 You Are a Social Detective! Interactive CD and book $114.99
2 Zones of Regulation (Curriculum and Poster) $54.99
3 Part of the Group and Boring Posters $22.99
4 The Incredible Flexible You Curriculum Set Vol. 1 $99.99
5 What Would Others Think (Elem. Level) $24.99
6 Thinking About You Thinking About Me $49.99
7 Thinksheets for Teaching Social Thinking and Related Skills $34.99
8 Sticker Strategies and We Can Make It Better $54.99
9 Social Behavior Mapping Curriculum and Posters $54.99
10 Shipping and Handling $52.00
  Total: $564.91

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