A chance to work on social skills with peers
“My son has always struggled a bit with making friends. This group gave him the confidence and tools needed to feel comfortable with peers!”
-mother of a 3-year-old son
“This group works on much more than social skills. My son learned coping skills, developed better attention, and just seemed happier all around.”
-mother of a 3-year-old son
What is the social skills group?
This is a 1-hour, highly structured class where the focus is on developing appropriate social skills, behavioral strategies, and self-regulation skills. The routine includes free play (facilitated peer social interaction), circle (language and academics), a dedicated movement activity (gross motor), and a table activity (fine motor). Sensory strategies and language are embedded throughout the class. Our small class size (4-6) allows for a high level of adult support and facilitation. It also allows for the introverted child to feel safe and secure and the excitable child to gain a better sense of their body. Great for children in Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy!
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday- you choose 1-3x/week
afternoons- please inquire for times
Led by our Director, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Bring a backpack with the following items:
Diapers, if needed
A reusable water bottle
Wear comfortable clothing, we are shoes free indoors
An extra pair of clothes
Free Play – About 15 minutes. This time allows your child to transition from the outside world, get their bodies regulated, and start playing with peers. Kasey will facilitate peer social interaction, as needed.
Circle and Group Activity – Time to check in, sing songs, read a book, and share with friends.
Gross Motor Activity- We get the body moving before moving to a seated activity. This increases attention and body awareness when expected to sit. Our gross motor activity may include a movement song, obstacle course, games like Simon Says, or Yoga. Research shows that language and social skills increase with movement!
Table Activity– Usually a multi-step art activity. Areas worked on are: Following direction, remembering the sequence, asking a peer for a material, fine motor skills, and creativity!
Closing Circle – See you next time!
Teaching Ratio – 4:1
Class Capacity – 4
Grouping – We connect kids by age for the best experience.
Leadership – Our Director, Kasey, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and leads each session.
Consistency and Variety – Consistency is KEY and variety keeps those synapses firing.
Pre- and Post- Evaluation- Kasey will provide you with a pre- and post-evaluation based on observations. This is not standardized or diagnostic.
Fall 2019- Sept. 9- Nov. 22 *11-week semester
Winter 2020- Jan. 6-March 12
Spring 2020- March 16- May 29
NO Class – Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Presidents’ Day, April 13-17. Check out our School Holiday Camp Schedule!