Social skills groups give students a road map to navigate the often confusing world of social interactions. Many children who learn differently 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 and emotional skills in children.
Children, age 5 to 18 are placed in groups based upon age and skill level. Groups have a low student to staff ratio and meet for one-hour, once a week, for eight weeks. The Strong Kids curriculum will be used which focuses on helping children learn appropriate social and emotional coping skills. Periodically, parents will meet with the instructors to receive consultation on how to address concerns about their child.
During the school year, the Learning Center offers fun, adapted recreation classes. 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 are alternative learners 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 October and February. 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.
Our next session of recreation therapy and social skills classes will begin the first week of February, 2019.