During the school year groups are after school.
Children are grouped based on age but most importantly based on their social/emotional needs. Groups are designed so that each children can engage with each other and make connections.
Groups contain 4-6 kids and 2-3 RBTs or SLPs/SLPAs.
**Children who do not meet these prerequisites can still access social skills instruction in either a 1:1 or dyad setting. Please contact our offices for more information.
Description of Social Groups:
Confidence Connection uses basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to targets social skills by making social interactions with peers FUN and reinforcing positive social behavior. When being around other peers is exciting children begins to learns that social interaction is valuable.
At Confidence Connection children not only learn beginning social skills, but those ready to also learn how to analyze why someone is saying hello in the first place, multiple responses s/he could use, and how to choose the most appropriate response based upon the person's non-verbal cues and inference of the message. In this sense, our children learn to communicate more naturally and with more inherent understanding. Below are some of the goals and objectives targeted at Confidence Connection:
Basic Learner Skills:
Accepting “no” and waiting
Transitioning to activities
Identification of Feelings:
Labeling emotions based upon facial expressions, tone of voice, and body posture
Responding appropriately to “Why?” questions in regard to feelings they are experiencing
Recognizing signs of stress/anxiety in themselves and others
Learning 5 coping skills to draw upon in times of stress
Learning to better regulate his/her sensory systems
Increasing knowledge of problem solving skills
General Socialization & Communication:
Initiating, monitoring, maintaining, and disengaging from conversations
Joining conversations or joining games already in progress
Spontaneous greetings to adults and peers
Using a combination of questions and comments when interacting with peers and adults
Cooperation, compromise, and negotiation with peers and adults
Describing events and Story Telling
Maintaining a peer's attention
Identifying non-verbal cues based on tone of voice, facial expressions, body language, and posture
Recognizing emotions of both peers and adults
Maintaining eye contact for an appropriate length of time
Using and recognizing body language