Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions
Social Literacy Program
Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions is a complete program developed by Herb Hein for teaching social communication skills. Participants learn to identify positive vs. negative behaviors and work towards Personal and Common Team Goals. It includes an InterActive Lesson Book, an instructor's manual called The Guide's Guide, a book of visual strategies called Wise Action Tools, a music CD called Songs for Guiding G.R.E.E.N. Thoughts and an InterActive Toolbox stocked with manipulative items to engage and reinforce the learner.
"Working with Herb on the Growing G.R.E.E.N. Interactions in the classroom was a fun and interactive way to teach our students about social skills and social communication. His approach to social communication is very helpful for all students regardless of primary diagnosis (i.e. ASD, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disorder, ODD, etc). Growing G.R.E.E.N. Interactions approaches communication using framework from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It helps the student understand the processes behind specific interactions and the reasons why talking about the feelings of yourself and the feelings of others is important. It teaches kids how our behaviors do impact and affect the feelings, thoughts and actions of those around us. Herb's approach is to help the students understand that everyone works as a team and how we all affect each other. I think this is a much needed aspect of social skills training. I highly recommend that SLP's, counselors, social workers, OT's, teachers and therapists use his curriculum in any school across the world. " ~ Arielle Lugn, M.A., PPS
"It has truly been a pleasure to have a collaborative relationship with Herb as he developed the G.R.E.E.N. approach. It has been enjoyable to watch the children learn and implement an approach that allows for proper expression of complex relation building ideas. The concepts and tools developed created a common language for all children and adults that opened successful positive communication where once there was an environment of closed and negative thoughts."
-Mark Wilson, OTR, Occupational Therapist
"The Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions program provides students with the opportunity to develop perspective-taking skills and to practice pro-social responses through role-play activities. The students in my class really enjoy the feeling of acting on stage. There are roles for everyone, including being the director, scene writers, movie characters, and audience members. The role-play activities provide students with the opportunity to practice new coping skills in a safe environment. There is nothing more enjoyable than to hear a student learn to use a response during the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterAction program and generalize it to a real life situation."
-Rosanne Lewton, Special Education Teacher