This CAN’T be happening!

 

After finally creating my blog this past weekend, I spent a few days pondering about what to post. There are so many topics to cover. But then, as I came home today for a quick lunch break, it came to me. Well, it came on my TV. The topic that I’m most passionate about is social skills. And, after watching this hilarious commercial, I knew exactly what to post.  For students who struggle socially, trying to figure out what people are REALLY saying can leave you feeling just as “jacked up” as the guy in this commercial!

If you have children or work with students who struggle socially, this video will be a fun and easy way to get a few very important ideas across. Try this and let me know how it goes!

Before showing the commercial, have the child practice saying the following sentences a few times. *Encourage them to add more stress or emotion to the words that are in bold. 

         Is this MY CAR? What?! THIS is RIDICULOUS! This can’t be HAPPENING!

Then ask them what they think is happening based on the sentences.  Discuss with them how they think a different tone of voice, or the way you change your voice as you speak, impacts the meaning of what you say. Also, ask them if they think context, or where you are/who you’re with, has anything to do with the meaning of what you say.

THEN, show them this commercial:

After watching the commercial, revisit your discussion and ask the questions again and discuss.

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Ask them what they thought the girl was thinking and feeling as she realized she just got a new car.

Ask them what they think the man was thinking and feeling after he realized his tires were stolen.

Next, have them practice saying the same sentences, but take turns speaking as the girl and then as the man. *You may have to help them practice changing the tone in their voice. 

Is this MY CAR? What?! THIS is RIDICULOUS! This can’t be HAPPENING!

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Is THIS my car? What?! This is ridiculous! This CAN’T be happening.

Have them answer how the context of the situation gave them clues about the meaning of what they were saying. Help them discuss how that applies to their lives and how it matters where you are and who you’re with when you say things.

Finally, have them summarize what they learned. Help them come up with a “take away” lesson about TONE OF VOICE and CONTEXT. AND…if you really want what they’ve learned to “sink in”, have them teach what they’ve learned to their family or other friends. Encourage them to use the State Farm commercial to help them explain what they learned.

I can’t wait to try this with my social skills clients!

Check out this website for more useful info about how to support and build social skills:

https://www.socialthinking.com/