Social skills are everywhere and an important part of every child’s life to get their needs met through appropriate and socially acceptable means, share thoughts, feelings, and knowledge, to participate in social activities with maximum independence, and to make and keep friends. The Learning Lane’s social skills program provides direct instruction in functional social skills through a comprehensive module system in a “safe” environment, providing children the opportunity to develop the skills needed for success in the social arena.
The Learning Lane utilizes a fluid training program that in a sequential order integrates social skills that build upon one another for optimal success, thus building a progression of skills.
The Learning Lane offers weekly social skills groups organizing children into small groups, which meet for two hours every week for 1 semester (3 months). Each group contains 2-5 students in a 1:2 or 1:3 depending on group module and level to ensure individualized instruction for skill acquisition. Groups are determined by the individual child’s level in each of the skill modules described below:
- Joint Attention: Acknowledging and attending to others; maintaining eye contact
- Greetings: Acknowledging and greeting others; managing your body and personal space
- Social Play: Interact with others; recognize common interests; engage in play
- Self-Awareness: Regulating self; delaying reinforcement; self-monitoring
- Conversation: Acknowledging and responding to another person’s language/conversation; initiating and sustaining conversations
- Perspective Taking: Labeling and interpreting personal emotions; labeling and interpreting the emotions of others; showing compassion to another; adapting one’s behavior appropriately
- Critical Thinking: Problem solving, planning, generating options for what comes next
- Advanced Language: Understanding and responding to advanced language; social pragmatics; interpreting social clues and inferences
- Friendships: Making and sustaining friendships
- Community Skills: Independent in the community and in daily life
Prior to the beginning of each semester each child is assessed and appropriate objectives are determined and prioritized. Children are matched with peers who share similar objectives and have compatible skill levels. Each group works on 5-10 objectives that focus on the particular areas of need of those children. At the end of each semester you will be given the opportunity to re-enroll for the next semester, assessments will be updated, and group composures may change based each individual child’s needs.
Like all programming in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) data collection is an integral component of the social skills program. Additionally only effective research-based instructionally strategies are utilized during instruction. Each social skill group will include 1:2 discrete trial teaching and group instruction to help each child generalize the skills learned with their peers. Whenever possible we will be utilizing games and activities that the child will encounter in the natural environment (i.e. school, play groups, birthday parties, etc.).
Parent involvement is strongly encouraged. Each week you will be provided with a weekly report of what was worked on during the session and an activity suggested for you to do at home to encourage generalization of the skills. In addition, you will receive a progress report at the end of each semester.
Families not currently enrolled at The Learning Lane are welcome to attend the Social Skills program!
For additional questions please contact Jessy Garcia, Assistant Program Director at (281) 465-3519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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