There have been a TON of Super Duper product reviews cropping up lately, so I was thrilled when Carrie contacted me to review Simply Social 7 at School. This is a great product for SLPs who are working with students in grades 2-12.
While this was delivered a few weeks ago, it has taken me some time to learn about the product and figure out how to use it. I wanted to provide you with a detailed review, so this will be a fairly long post. I was contacted to review this product, but the following opinions and ideas are all mine.
Simply Social 7 at School is a book filled with activities that teaches and develops students’ social skills. Overall it incorporates over fifty social skills that are important for students to learn. Some of the skills are basic skills (following directions, using greetings, and taking turns) and some of the skills are more in-depth and challenging (understanding figurative language, understanding facial expressions, and adjusting your language level).
The social skills are broken up into six categories: introductory skills, conversational skills, academic skills, relationship skills, conflict management skills, and emotional communication skills.
Introductory skills includes skills like being aware of your surroundings, using manners, making eye contact, respecting personal space, and more.
Conversational skills includes skills like using greetings and gestures, staying on topic/switching topics, adjusting your language level, and expressing opinions, and more.
Academic skills includes skills like following rules, paying attention, dealing with transition, asking/answering questions, and getting the teacher’s attention, and more.
Relationship skills includes skills like making and maintaining friendships, giving advice, asking for help/helping others, working with others in a group, and taking another’s perspective, and more.
Conflict management skills includes skills like accepting “no”, accepting consequences, dealing with failure, resolving conflict, accepting constructive criticism, and accepting discipline.
Emotional communication skills includes skills like understanding facial expressions and emotions, expressing feelings, dealing with anger, using humor, and dealing with change.
The program starts with a parent/helper letter that explains what social skills are and what the program involves. The student will be responsible for bringing home worksheets to target these social skills, and the parent should either review the pages with the student, sign the page, and the student should return the worksheet indicating that they completed the work, or the parent should simply review the worksheets with the student and keep the sheets at home in a safe folder.
Each separate topic includes a page that teaches the social skill in steps, a Look and Learn page that has a cartoon that demonstrates the social skill, a Think and Review page that includes discussion questions, a Take-Home Practice page for parents that discusses what the student has learned and how the parent should review the skill with their child, and it finally includes a superstar that is given to the student when he/she demonstrates mastery of that skill. This star can be used as motivation or as a reward for the student.
Example of a Look and Learn page from a social skills lesson.
The cartoon is very well done!
Example of a Take-Home Practice page from a social skills lesson.
Notice the superstar at the bottom of the page.
Simply Social 7 includes a social skills checklist that aids in identifying a student’s social strengths and challenges. This is a great tool to use to identify a student’s baseline performance for specific skills. Then, the SLP can determine which social skills to target with the student. Finally, the SLP can use this checklist as a criterion-referenced posttest.
Example of a part of the social skills checklist.
The checklist simply asks if the student demonstrates a specific skill. You would select yes or no. If you need more room, then there is room at the bottom of the page to write specific details.
This checklist would be given to two other observers (a parent and a teacher for example) in addition to the SLP.
This program addresses so many social skills that are necessary for school.
The Take-Home Practice page can be customized to allow for easily explanations to parents on how they can help their child practice these social skills.
The Look and Learn pages have cartoons on them that are engaging to students.
The social skills checklist is an excellent tool for observation and for determining which social skills the student needs to develop and master. There is also a checklist summary that would be great to use for discussion at an IEP/evaluation meeting.
The printable CD-ROM that is included with the program is simply the same workbook but on CD. It would have been nice if there were additional practice sheets for each skill on the CD.
It’s seems quite easy to complete one social skill during one session (if you’re working with a student individually), so it would be nice if there were more activities in the workbook (or even ideas for hands-on activities) for each skill so that it could be spread across two-three therapy sessions to ensure mastery of the social skill.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product for SLPs who are working on social skills with their students. This workbook is very comprehensive, and it includes some great tools to use during the assessment and treatment of pragmatics. This would be a great product to use to introduce specific social skills to the students, but it would require you to generate some additional activities to truly target and master each social skill.
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