For Middle Schoolers

What we do for Middle Schoolers

Students in the middle school 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 increase emotional regulation and sportsmanship. Middle Schoolers need to think about how their actions affect how they are seen by their peers. This age group is particularly susceptible to being teased/bullied and therefore, understanding how to protect yourself from being bullied is an important topic that is discussed at length. Discovering how we each view the world around us affects how we view the intentions of others. Did that boy bump into you on purpose or by accident?

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Who is this for?

Middle Schoolers who struggle to make and keep friends, work with peers and get along with family members and teachers. This will help 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who often mis-understand the perspective of others and do not read social situations or social cues effectively. They may struggle to solve social problems and often become the target of teasing and bullying. 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 Middle Schoolers:

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 middle schooler 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:

Students in the middle school years learn basic social skills and to attend to others. 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 increase emotional regulation and sportsmanship. Middle Schoolers need to think about how their actions affect how they are seen by their peers. This age group is particularly susceptible to being teased/bullied and therefore, understanding how to protect oneself from being bullied is an important topic that is discussed at length. We discover our thoughts about the people around us and interpret their intentions. It’s how we process situations like, “Did that boy bump into me on purpose or by accident?”

Parent Role:

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 next steps to improving social thinking and 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 student, create action plans and coordinate next steps. Parent groups are also available.