This past year, I provided weekly treatment with a small group of students in a Transition Class in a San Diego County high school district. These 18-19-year-old students were involved in vocational training and learning independent living skills. I used lessons, strategies and activities from my Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program to help the class improve their social skills so they could become successful, active participants within their community. I presented explicit instruction so they could understand that their actions affected others around them, the others they could consider being on the same Team with them. The students were guided to generate Common Team Goals and Team Rules collaboratively so they all could feel like they had some "ownership" in the ideas the group chose. With these Team goals and rules spelled out, it would be clear what kind of behavior was expected and what could be achieved if they all worked together, and thought about how well they were interacting.
Parents and Professionals Enjoy Learning at Herb Hein's Presentation about his Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Program
We were pleased with the mid-summer turn-out at Herb Hein's presentation of strategies he has developed for improving social behavior. Professionals and parents learned about the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program and how it gets individuals to use language to guide their thoughts and actions, engage in self-control, methodically analyze social situations, set goals and make positive interaction choices with others on their Teams. Mark Wilson, MOT, OTR/L, and Sharon Criger, DPT of FITS (Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services) and their staff were wonderful hosts, providing refreshments and a comfortable space in one of their OT/PT gyms. The participants appreciated the extensive handout that
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Herb and Joanne Hein