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Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Why choose Summer Social Skills Programs?
I wanted to take a moment to explain the value of our social skills summer camp program, this might help give you a better idea of why it is a fantastic way to spend the summer. I also invite you to come check us our in-center to see for yourself! :)
After a summer MM, your child will have been set-up for success in a group learning environment; all summer your child will be supported by ABA therapists acting as camp counselors, and will be participating in activities designed to elicit social skills in our learners.The reason our summer program is so successful, is that we maintain a low ratio and ensure that every child has the support he or she needs to thrive in a group setting.
Each week, we target a various social skill which by week's end, should be mastered by each student; some of these goals include initiating and reciprocating social greetings, street safety and community rules, waiting for your turn, learning to share, and using your words to ask. These goals are taken from a social skills curriculum designed to meet the needs of early learners.
Without the pressure of the academic year, summer is a fun time to target social skill development, including the building blocks there of like imitation skills, listening skills, and ability to stay with the group among others. The majority of our children will continue on into the fall with us in some capacity, to maintain the skills acquired over the summer; this can look like 1 or 2 hours of 1:1 tutoring come the fall (at your place or ours) or it can look like once a week social skill Sundays to keep developing those skills and maintaining the already acquired ones.
A lot of our kids require systematic instruction in order to pick up on the skills that other children develop naturally, with some hard work all of our kids can learn the social rules, and their overall ability to learn within a group environment will improve as a result. Questions or comments? Please call me! We do have 1 or 2 spots left for camp and I wanted to make sure you truly appreciate the value in a program of this nature. If the cost is your main concern, please do not hesitate to discuss this with me and I will try to make it work.