Following up on last week’s lessons on complimenting is this week’s social language lesson: interrupting.

Interrupting is an issue for all (or almost all!) children, but children with special needs can have particular difficulty waiting for a turn, noticing when they are speaking out of turn, and picking up on social cues to  know when it is appropriate to share their thoughts.

I found the book “My Mouth is a Volcano” by Julia Cook and Carrie Hartman in our school library, and knew I had hit gold. The book is about a boy who continually interrupts. He describes his words as a volcano, which bubble out of his brain, slide down his tongue, and ERUPT! The book does a good job of showing the negative social consequences of interrupting (other people will feel hurt and think you are rude), as well as acknowledging the difficulty of “holding it in.” And it gives a great strategy for handling the urge to blurt out – take a breath, breathe the words out your nose, and then when it is your turn, breathe your words back in through your mouth and say them!