What we do for Elementary School Ages
Children in the elementary years need to learn basic social skills and learn to attend to others. They need to start thinking about the actions of others and what those actions really mean. They need to observe, listen, take turns, respect personal space, maintain a friendly attitude and learn to repair mistakes! They need to learn to work successfully on a group project and navigate games and recess, for starters
Who is this for?
Elementary age boys and girls who are having difficulty making and keeping friends, who struggle working in groups and have difficulty being flexible with family members and teachers. This will help children who have a hard time taking turns, being a good sport and understanding other’s feelings and perspectives. They may have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, NVLD, ADD/ADHD or no diagnosis, but have difficulty understanding social expectations.
The Process for Elementary School Ages:
First we will schedule an initial social skills assessment where I will meet with parent and child. We will then make a decision about the best way to help your child gain social skills: Working individually with a student is a great way to work intensively on specific skills that are causing difficulties. Working in a peer group on social skills puts new skills into practice. Enrolling in both group and individual sessions can really hone in on the challenges observed during group sessions and concentrate on improving those areas of weakness.
Initial Social Skills Assessment:
This assessment will cover social skills basics, regulation, interactive skill levels, perspective taking, reciprocity, strengths and weaknesses, motivation, appropriateness for individual learning and/or social skills group.
Focus of Individual and/or Group Sessions:
Children in the elementary years will learn basic social skills and learn to attend to people around them. They start thinking about the actions of others and what those actions really mean. They observe, listen, take turns, respect personal space, maintain a friendly attitude and learn to repair mistakes! They learn to work successfully on group projects and navigate games and recess.
Parents will be asked to fill out several forms and checklists to further highlight strengths and specific skills and behaviors causing concern at home and at school. Together, we will determine priorities and develop steps to improving social thinking and social skills! Support of the parent is integral to the success of your child! Parents meet with me on an as needed basis to review progress, voice concerns about the child, create action plans and coordinate next steps.