Social Communication for Tweens/Teens
This intensive one-week program is designed for students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. This program is designed for youth who independently participate in grade-level academics and extracurriculars, but struggle with the nuanced social skills required to "fit in" in with peers. This program is suitable for diagnoses such as autism spectrum/Asperger's disorder, social communication disorder, and/or anxiety; and also for teens with no diagnosis but who consistently identify as "awkward".
Dates: July 24th - 28th, 2016 (five days)
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am, every day
Space will be limited to ensure quality and maintain a teen : clinician ratio of 3:1.
The goal of this program is to equip young teenagers with knowledge and skills to understand the social world, with special focus on moving into high school (whether in a few weeks, or a few years). Activities will be structured to provide teens with practical experience in various social scenarios. This teaches them to identify and understand what is happening in a given moment, and generate potential social communication behaviors that would lead to a positive outcome. Our goal is not to "cure" awkwardness, but to equip young teens with knowledge and self-awareness, so that they can problem-solve their way through social challenges a little more deftly. Social learning takes place over a lifetime. This program is structured to meet kids where they are, right now, and give them a few solid pieces of knowledge and/or skills to give them a foundation for "being a teenager".
Teens will participate in 90-120 minutes of group activities per day, with 30-45 minutes of one-on-one time with team clinician. Team clinicians will facilitate development of group social goals during the first day, which all teens will work on together over the course of the week. Teens will also be guided in developing 1-2 specific personal goals, which will be addressed both in group and individual sessions.
Group work will involve a variety of activities. At a minimum, this will include learning principles of social interaction (explicit knowledge training), discussion, role-play, and "free interaction" time. The speech IRL office will be the home base for the program, but we will have at least an outing or two (weather permitting!).
Teens will be provide with daily reflection or observation homework, to be discussed the following day. Teens and their families will be provided with a summary and recommendations for reinforcing and continuing the learning process at home.
Examples of social situations and skill levels that may be targeted include:
- How to enter/leave a group
- How participate in conversations, including when and how to interject, when to listen, how to follow, maintain, or switch topics
- Common social faux pas, high school edition: what they are, why they are, and what to do about them
- Being "cool" as a skill: it's not magic!
To Register or Learn More
Contact us to schedule a consultation, either over the phone or in-person. Registration information and packets will be provided after the consultation is complete.