Especially to see the silly 2-year-old below. She was supposed to go with my parents and sister to pick me up at the airport this afternoon, which was extra exciting for me because we would make that connection of Kristen lives far away and comes to see me by taking an airplane....
Before I decided upon speech-language pathology as a career path, I was a print journalism major. I actually worked on the student newspaper for almost five years doing everything from writing articles to page layout/design to managing section staff, etc. (changing your major in your THIRD year leads to super senior status!). Anyway - one of the things you want to make sure you do when writing a news story is answer the 5 big "W" questions (who, what, when, where, why). Usually you do this through interviews or research.
Last year, when I was working with one of my social skills groups, I was reminded so much of my journalism days. One of the things I did back then was ask a lot of questions (which for me, honestly, is not always comfortable)... but I digress.
The students I had in this group had a hard time relating to each other, really had no personal relationships... sometimes it was a struggle to get them to remember each others' names. Obviously, being a social group, they had difficulty ASKING QUESTIONS!
It honestly was probably a last minute lesson plan that brought this idea together, but we worked on transitioning talking about our interests to asking others about theirs. We talked about ourselves first: what we liked, who our favorite TV characters were, etc. Then, we worked on asking a group-mate these questions. It was a lot of work, but I was proud of the kids for trying. It took a lot of foundation on what "wh" questions meant before we moved on, but after we asked the hard questions, we created a newspaper frontpage discussing our friend. Then, we verbally shared the newspaper headline with our group-mates, in essence, introducing them to each other. The kids were proud of the work and I was excited to combine two different things I've enjoyed doing in my life.
Below you may download your own front page, complete with a photo and caption for your social skill-building pleasure. Please comment if you download. If you'd like, share what you like to do in social groups, but a simple hello - or howdy (since I am in Texas right now and all) would suffice!
I am going to go check on my flight status, so tip of the hat to you, partner. If I have a little time, I may have another post in me before I ride off into the sunset. :]