We support your child’s weaknesses in a practical and family centered way.
Our programs are individualized, only 3-4 kids per-group and taught by licensed speech pathologists.
WHAT ARE SOCIAL SKILLS?
Social skills are a set of verbal and non-verbal communication skills that we use daily to get along with other people. We take these skills for granted, but for others, these skills are challenging. A child with social skills difficulty can have a hard time adjusting to changes in his or her environment and may act out verbally and physically with other people. Social skills difficulty may lead to poor self-esteem, argumentativeness and oppositional behavior, and may even result in the child being rejected by other children.
Overview of All for 3’s Todller and Early Preschooler groups
The purpose of this group is to facilitate desirable social communication interactions. All for 3’s groups provide practice opportunities in small groups in order to encourage kids to generalize new skills to multiple, real life situations. Students enrolled in this group are often ready to learn the following 3 cores social skills:
- Emotional Regulation (recognize, label, and regulate their feelings demonstrate empathy toward others, read others emotions).
- Verbal Communication (listening, sharing ideas, asking questions, answering questions, greetings, telling simple stories etc.)
- Playing Together (play skills, turn-taking, solving problems, standing your ground, knowing to ask for help, talking it out)
Nuts and Bolts of our Programs
Empathy is the ability to understand another person’s feelings. Young children are often very compassionate by nature and want to reach out to their peers who may be lonely, sad or hurt. We teach toddlers the to show empathy with words
Assertiveness is the ability to say what we want without aggression. Young children may grab toys from another child or push to the front of the line. They need to be taught how to use positive communication behaviors and appropriate ways to have what they want. Since a young child’s vocabulary is still developing, he may need to be given the words to use to express exactly what he wants.
Even young children must learn how to compromise, solve problems and resolve conflicts. When two children want the same toy, they must learn how to share or take turns. Problem-solving skills help build self-esteem and allow children to develop strong relationships.
Children need to be understood, conveying their thoughts and feelings easily. Those thoughts must also be accepted by adults. They must also be able to understand their own emotions and explain how they feel to others. The ability to express how one feels is key to developing friends and solving conflicts, we help children find the words to deal with feelings.
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