Social skills groups give children and adolescents a roadmap to navigate the often confusing world of social interactions. Many children with ADHD, autism, or a learning disability find it challenging to notice and make sense of the nuances of social language. Exposure to social situations, continuous feedback, and follow through with strategies is needed to build lasting social skills in children with social deficits.
MLC’s social skills instruction focuses on turn taking in games and conversation, active listening, eye contact, reading social cues, and other topics of social communication. Children are placed in groups of two or three abased on age and social skills level. Groups have a student to staff ratio of 3:1 and meet for one-hour, once a week, for ten weeks. Every four weeks, all small social groups will be combined into a large group to practice skills. Each session includes sensory integration activities, social skills instruction and skill reinforcement through games, social stories, and other fun activities. Parents receive skill instruction and homework assignments during the last 15 minutes of each session.
During the school year, the Learning Center offers fun, adapted recreation classes. Designed for students who have ADHD, high functioning Autism, learning disabilities and speech/language delays, our low student to staff ratio is a perfect way for students to enjoy recreation in a safe and therapeutic environment. Experienced certified or licensed professionals who work with children who have special needs facilitate the classes. Siblings are also welcome in the classes. This is a great way to keep siblings busy while their brother or sister receives other Learning Center services.
Classes are offered throughout the school year beginning in September and January. Enrollment is available as long as there are openings. Many children benefit from attending several sessions. Children must be verbal and able to benefit from the student to staff ratio. Students requiring a lower child to staff ratio, or who are less verbal, may be able to participate in individual social skills training sessions with our licensed professionals.