Social communication skills are inherently crucial for the growing, learning child. The way that children learn to communicate and interact with their peers at an early age sets a precedent for the type of communicators they will be as they transition into adulthood. In our social skills groups, your child will learn the importance of responding to others appropriately, using gestures, taking turns when playing or talking, understanding others actions and words and a plethora of other necessary life skills.
Our program utilizes the Social Thinking platform develop by Michelle Garcia, which can be found here at http://www.socialthinking.com/.
Social development is not a one-size fits all approach; children establish and improve skill sets at different rates. We ask that you, as a parent, think critically about what your child is or is not doing and if it is appropriate for their age. These social skills groups are for children with average cognition but who are demonstrating social skills deficits from diagnosis such as ADHD, autism, learning disability, language impairment, etc.
Contact us if you feel your child is struggling with the following…
Chatty Cats (ages 4-5)
- Participation in group activities
- Playing with their peers and using their imagination
- Adjusting the way they talk when speaking with different people
- Communicating their emotions and feelings, showing empathy
Friendly Foxes (ages 6-7)
- Playing games and/or sports with their peers
- Taking more turns throughout a conversation
- Telling narratives in a logical order
- Asking a variety of questions
Talking Tigers (ages 8-10)
- Adding more to the ideas and thoughts of other people
- Expressing opinions
- Understanding figures of speech, facial expressions and body language
- Adjusting the way they talk in the classroom vs. playground etc.
Social Club (ages 11+)
- Making and keeping friends
- Joining teams or groups in extracurricular activities
- Understanding and respecting the feelings, emotions, opinions and personal space of others
- Understanding and interpreting passive social cues
- Understanding and using humor appropriately when talking and writing