It may seem counterintuitive but if you want your students to be calm and focused, adding movement to your Social Skills Group is the way to go!
If you want your students to be maintain their interest in your Social Skills Group, it is imperative that you incorporate movement.
Not only is it more fun and a change from the monotony of their day, physical movement actually triggers a release of dopamine and serotonin which are directly tied to feeling motivated and focused.
Since playing outdoor games and having dance parties is not always an option, here is a way to include movement while building conversation skills.
Make sentence starters (e.g. "I love when..." "My favorite thing is...." "I can't stand it when....") and place them on the floor or outside on the ground. Have
your students stand up, circle around the strips and give them a bean bag. Then let them take turns tossing the bean bag to any sentence starter they want. Whatever it lands on, that child will complete the sentence and then ask that question to another peer.
What other ways can you get your kids moving besides playing outside games? There is always a way!