Making Social Concepts Into Games:
“BEING SECOND, THIRD,…OR EVEN LAST!”
©Catherine Faherty 2000-2017
SKILL TO LEARN:
How to be second, third, or….last, and feel okay no matter what position in the sequence you find yourself in (as in a line, queue, or a race).
It’s okay to be second, third,…or last. I don’t always have to be first. Other people can be first sometimes. Being first doesn’t mean “right”; just like being other-than-first doesn’t mean “wrong”. It’s okay to be in any order. The order can change from day to day, and activity to activity.
The child may have a routine of having to be the first one down the stairs in the morning, the first one to buckle her seat belt, the first on in line, queue, etc.
MAKE A GAME OF IT:
Help her develop a new routine of sometimes being first, sometimes second, sometimes third, even last…initially, in the form of a game. Each day decide together, ahead of time “which position” she will plan to be coming down the stairs. To make it more structured, clear, predictable, and easier to handle, the number would be written on the calendar square that day: 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
The intent of this game is to give your child practice in being a position other-than-first, changing day to day, practicing it in a way that will become fun, rather than anxiety-provoking.
***REMEMBER: Write Social Stories™. Social Stories™ describe life. Teachers and parents are encouraged to be trained in writing Social Stories, by Catherine Faherty, or another member of Carol Gray’s Team Social Stories.