I’ve been asked why I would let a puppet slap and tease my students in a social skills group. It’s all Jim’s fault. As much as I have worked with him, Jim struggles to remember how to manage his strong feelings. He teases relentlessly. He still picks his nose. The kids in the social skills groups do their best to help Jim because they find him rather likeable. Don’t ask me why he’s so popular. His voice grates on my nerves. But the kids create role plays for him, suggest strategies for managing that nasty nose thing, and even get used to his teasing. You’d be surprised how attached they can get to this fuzzy critter with his ENORMOUS hugs. Sorry, Jim, but I’m just telling it like it is. Oh, you also need to learn how to share.