Me and my kiddo

Me and my kiddo

Friday, September 17, 2010

Woo Hoo, The Party's On!

My son liked the new social skills group and decided to invite the kids to his birthday party which means it's on!  (He was so wishy washy about wanting anyone to come, that it was in danger of being canceled.)

Other things to share:
This week's Objectivist Round Up

Cute antics:
• telling the four laughing adults enjoying more complex humor, "Too many jokes for me!"
• informing us, "The sun is huger than a telephone pole."
• referring to my car in a way that indicates he concurs with Andrew, "this big, old piece of junk." (Harumph!)
• asking our buddy in the back seat, "Wanna play a war game in total darkness?  I bet I'd get to your face first!"  (She declined the face poking contest.)
• starting the brainstorming for making the bi-weekly room cleaning more pleasant with, "I could pay you four or fifteen dollars."

After he just pulled off his head gear!  It was drizzling when he walked in, so he covered his whole head with a plastic bag.

This is a description of the social skills group:
Social Language Groups 
Skillfully orchestrated weekly peer group sessions enhance self esteem of elementary, middle and high school aged children as they improve their social interaction skills. These groups foster the ability to make and maintain friendships in a fun and supportive setting. A certified speech-language pathologist implement research based methods via engaging activities to meaningfully facilitate the acquisition of critical social skills such as: initiating and maintaining conversations, turn-taking, using non-verbal language, self regulation, feeling good about yourself, having patience, giving compliements, understanding the emotions of others and negotiating.
Systematically introduced topics build upon each other from week to week. This provides a framework for learning and opportunities for practice. Parents/caregivers are provided individualized feedback after each meeting so that newly acquired skills can be readily practiced and generalized at home. During the session, data is regularly collected and reviewed to guarantee progress.
After completion of each eight to ten week session, parents/caregivers will receive a written progress report that summarizes positive changes made in areas such as: non-verbal communication, giving compliments, accepting criticism, polite interruptions, making introductions, conversational turn taking, conflict resolution, changing conversational topics, asking questions, joining in, losing, being a good listener, etc.

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