PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM
Language and Social Skills
Social Skills Groups are part of a school-wide curriculum that works to foster positive peer interactions. Friendship Groups, more specifically, are co-led by a social worker and speech/language pathologist and are geared towards our younger children, generally ages 5-8. In these groups, we focus on how our students experience peer relations, and help them build their communication skills, by integrating the "how to’s" of positive interactions through activities, group discussions, and role-play.
As they mature, students move on to Games Groups , which are run by social workers along with teachers. These groups are geared towards children ages 9-12. Through age-appropriate games, our staff encourages sportsmanship and helps children build a stronger tolerance for win and lose situations. Along the way, social workers review themes of gamesmanship and acknowledge each child’s progress through group discussion.
Language Groups are part of every class curriculum and are based on our students’ age and their development. Our speech-pathologists join teachers and staff in further developing students’ language comprehension, as well their verbal and written communication skills. Year-long themes include whole-body listening, following directions, and answering comprehension questions. We also call on our students to use parts of speech and written expression to demonstrate their understanding of classroom activities and the world around them. Students are taught to utilize tools such as graphic organizers, story starters, and several other strategies to compensate for language and learning weaknesses.
As our students get older, they participate in Study and Organization Groups where they learn how to implement organizational and planning skills into their everyday lives. They embrace maturity by utilizing “grown up” planners, binders, and checklists, and they also learn about what’s involved in planning for long-term projects and research. Additionally, they have problem-solving discussions and focus on the best way to obtain the resources they need to get their questions answered.