How To Run a Lunch Group

I've been running groups as long as I can remember. I co-taught groups as part of my internship, and it seems like every counseling job I've had since then has required me to run groups. I've run groups on fire setting, anger management, improving social interactions, divorce, etc.  While I was a school counselor, I ran 20 groups a week.

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Paper Plate Animals - Pinterest in Real Life

I saw these paper plate animals and these paper plate chicks on Pinterest, aren't they so cute? I showed them to my daughter these and she immediately wanted to make a pig and a chick. We haven't used paint in a really long time, so I didn't remember how low we were. Eek! We finished off all the yellow and pink we had left in the house. I guess it's time to go shopping for more supplies!!

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Book Review - It's so much work to be your friend

One of my colleagues and dear friends recommended that I should read this book.  I’m so glad she did. I absolutely love it!  The central focus of this book is that “children with learning problems tend to struggle with social relationships”. The author gives practical advice and everyday ways you can help your child improve their social functioning.  He recognizes that due to children’s learning disabilities, they may not be able to pick up on the social cues like other kids, so they need more direct instruction and guidance to learn how to interact with others and be a good friend.  

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DIY Car Mat - Pinterest in Real Life

I actually did this Pinterest project several months ago; I made it in December and gave it to my son for Christmas.  He loves cars and I wanted to make him a mat that he could use to play cars and create a town if he decided to do so.  I saw a few different pins, like this one I pinned from Tucker's Tales, but I chose to keep it simple and did not add in any buildings.  I used a big green square of felt as the base and cut up some black felt for roads and blue felt for water.  I used a glue gun to attach the road and the water to the big green square.  I also used a silver permanent marker to make the lines on the road. It didn’t take long and it was easy to do.  I had a blast!  

 

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