Building Buddies

This play group was designed for children with special needs ages 6 - 8.  Activities in this group include, meet and greet, conversation starters, table games, obstacle course, team building activities, cooking, science and more.  This class focuses on strengthening language and communication, improving attention to task, developing social skills, and building early friendships.  Social skills are taught through video modeling, social stories, role play and instructional feedback.

Learning For Life

This group was designed for older students with significant challenges, starting at age 10.  Learning for life, not only encourages fun in the kitchen, but focuses on teaching daily living skills and promotes independence and self confidence.  The first segment of each session focuses on a specific recipe which is displayed for the learners in picture and written form.  The students will identify ingredients, utilize simple measuring utensils, follow simples recipes, learn kitchen safety and practice food preparation skills.  The second segment of this class focuses on daily living skills, fitness, and playing games.  Functional communication and other social interactions are encouraged throughout all activities.

 

Class size per group:

 

6 Learners

 

1 Teacher

 

1 Instructional Assistant

Sessions are 60 minutes long and run for 8 weeks.

This intermetiate play group was designed for children with special needs ages 8 - 12.  Activities in this group  focus on teaching specific social skills.  Social stories and video modeling will be used to teach each lesson and learners will be provided with opportunities to role play and practice each specific target skill.  This group will also focus on enhancing game skills, such as; turn taking, following game rules, dealing with losing and sharing with peers.  Conversational language will be encouraged during the "meet and greet" segment.  At this time, the instructor will use conversation starters and topics of interest to help facilitate peer interaction and reciprocal conversation skills.  Social language skills are also facilitated through science, cooking, and other team building activities.

This beginner play group was designed for children with special needs ages 3 1/2 - 5.  Activities in this group include, circle time, simple game play, obstacle course, music, and cooking.  This class focuses on strengthening language and communication, improving attention to task, developing social skills, and building early friendships.  It's perfect for learners who are preparing to transition from home instruction to school.  

Let's Be Social

Pals at Play

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Our Kids Club offers an array of social skills classes for children with special needs ages 3-18.  These small, structured classes were designed in three phases:

 

     Explain - The preparation phase, in which visual schedules are used to explain the sequence of activities for each session.

 

     Experience - During this phase learners will engage in activities as specified in the schedule provided.

 

     Express - This final phase ends each session with a review and discussion of the activities presented.

Teen Zone

The Teen Zone is a unique program for learners ages 13 and up. The class is aimed to help learners with special needs deal with the new challenges which arise with becoming a teenager. It focuses on strengthening peer interactions, helping to develop a sense of self through exploring self interests, and fostering self advocacy/assertiveness. Throughout the session, the group also discusses the importance of community service and reinforces this idea by having students create and execute service projects as a group. In addition, we culminate the class with an outing which fosters an environment for our students to put everything they've learned throughout the session to use in real life. 

 

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