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Social Scene Skills

 In the script of life, the Social Scene is easily the most important. We live in a communal environment,and , as social beings, are constantly communicating with others through verbal and nonverbal means. Maintaining healthy interactions and fulfilling friendships and relationships directly impacts quality of life.     

    For some, the social scene can be harder to navigate.  This is where social thinking comes into play. Individuals with low self esteem, shyness, issues with bullying, poor conflict resolution skills, high functioning Autism, Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, and various cognitive, emotional and behavioral difficulties will often require that the hidden curriculum of executive thinking and social skills be explicitly and directly instructed. Social Scene provides students with social thinking skills to interact with peers in a positive, empowering, and self regulating manner.  Our  goal is "Social Communication Enrichment & Natural Empowerment."


Does your child present with...


Being bullied or trouble responding to teasing

Low self-esteem/self confidence
Depression/Anxiety
Difficulty engaging in conversation with peers
Lack of friends their own age
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Disorder
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder

 


                                   


Do you find that your child often...


Don’t recognize non-verbal cues
Gets into the personal space of others
Annoys to get attention 
Has low self confidence
Has poor eye contact
Is only interested in him/herself and not others
Lacks assertion
Is impulsive or blurts out responses
Has a need for justice/fairness and judge peers
Isolates or withdraw from peers
Always want to be first
Is not invited for play dates or to hang out

  

 
Groups are designed to facilitate:

 
Full body communication
Joint-attention skills
Appropriate conversation skills
Greeting peers
Initiating Conversation

Finding common interests with peers
Joining in with peers during play
Turn-taking, waiting appropriately during games
Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Being a good sport/losing well
Hosting a get-together with friends
Coping with rejection, teasing or bullying
Initiating social activities with peers
Choosing good friends

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Social Scene  provides a safe and fun environment for children with social skills challenges. Our small groups build social thinking and self esteem. Skills are reinforced through drama, puppets, video feedback, and play.     Social Scene members will be part of a unique CAST of "Communicators And Social Thinkers." Students will learn how to develop their character through interactive and motivating fun activities.

As a parent you will gain:
  • Email updates about the group activities and tips on how to reinforce lessons at home.
  • One individual parent meeting at the end of the program to review your child's strengths, areas of improvement, and any recommendations going forward.
  •  Close contact with parents throughout the session to help your child generalize the skills they've learned into their every day experiences.  Each session, students will bring home a binder with a handout to discuss what they learned.




Group size: 
3-5 children
click here to fill out and submit an assessment form to be contacted to see if your child is  a good fit for our therapy program!


"Drama, with its reliance on narrative, action, and character, provides a structured way for children with ASD to take on and try out new social roles, or to explore the world from another person's point of view, something which they typically have difficulty doing." (Melanie Peter, 2003)