The theme of the last two CIP Berkshire social thinking groups sessions have been “treasure hunt”. The exercise was created by Social Thinking Instructor Marc Larrivee, and was meant to bring various social thinking concepts to life. The students were engaged and learning in a fun and experiential way.
The aim of the hunt was to:
• Practice techniques of meeting new people
• Practice following instructions (with a career focus)
• Practice problem solving
First, the students watched a 2-minute clip from Pirates of the Caribbean, with a conversation afterward about how the actors had to follow instructions to be successful, and why that is important. The topic of following directions was then translated to discussion revolving around employment.
On day two, the students were given a treasure hunt form that had a series of tasks listed. Students went to the Good Purpose Gallery and had to start a conversation with the person next to them about the art work that they were admiring.
Next, when they went back upstairs they had to compliment one staff member and have them sign off that they did so. They also completed various tasks at the library and had another form to complete (and the librarian has to sign that they did it).
At the end of the hunt, there were several prizes located in staff rooms. From the hints they obtained throughout the project, the students had to determine which room contained their prizes. There were numbers written on the stairs that were digits, a secret code that was part of the room number, and taking it one step further, extra credit was awarded for solving the end puzzle, which ended up being written in binary code for a 3-letter word.