The ICONz Middle School Curriculum consists of social stories about situations that are encountered by middle school students every day. Strategically embedded throughout the stories are the nine ICONz concepts. The situations and the expectations of adults and other children help our students focus on social interaction and gain an understanding of others. They learn about motivation in others and about how they respond to others in their daily lives.
How It Works
Each of the 24 lessons in the Curriculum follows the same format. We’ve seen the positive impact that follows Helpers and Providers describing their own use of the ICONz. This facilitates increasing use of the ICONz by their students. The discussion following each story is led by a trained Helper (e.g. parent, teacher, therapist, family member, etc.) or Certified ICONz Provider™ who high lights the main character’s use (or failure to use) the ICONz and how this relates to the eventual outcome. The discussion emphasizes how students can use the ICONz in their daily lives. Students provide examples of how they used the ICONz since the last meeting. As additional examples, the Helper or Provider describe various situations where they used the ICONz in their own lives and the results. They also describe instances where they should have used the ICONz, but didn’t. We’ve seen the positive impact that follows Helpers and Providers describing their own use of the ICONz. This facilitates increasing use of the ICONz by their students.
Middle School begins and ends with great change in youngsters. Physical and emotional development during these years prepares the way for high school and later life. In the stories, the characters in the Middle School Curriculum experience these changes and respond to expectations of others by using the ICONz to understand the situation and guide their behavior. Our students consistently relate the social story plots and characters to themselves, acquaintances and others they know well. Our students see that they are not alone in facing their challenges. The stories and discussion provide additional ways of addressing challenges than a student may have thought of on their own.