Sweet Scale Ideas
5 is Against the Law!
Building on the 5-point scale, Kari has
written a workbook for adolescents and young adults called
A 5 Is Against the Law! The book takes
a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular
focus on behaviors that can spell trouble for youth who
have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries.
The book uses a direct and simple style
with lots of examples and hands-on activities. The idea
behind the 5-point scale is to take a social or emotional
concept and break it into 5 parts to make it easier to
understand the different degrees of social behavior. The
approach makes use of a systematic method to teach difficult
and often frustrating social information. The reader is
introduced to the idea that behavior that may have been
considered "annoying" or "rude" (a
#3) when they were younger, can actually be against the
law (a #5) when they become adults.
There is a section devoted to anxiety and
how to cope with this emotion before it begins to escalate.
Ideas for using the anxiety curve are included. Throughout
the book, the reader is encouraged to think about and
create his own behavior and anxiety scale that might apply
to his particular emotions and situations. This book is
designed to be used in 1:1 teaching formats or with a
5 is Could Make Me Lose Control!
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.
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