A number of important skills that children with behavioral challenges need to develop are rooted in the context of social situations. These critical social approaches can include (but are not be limited to) such complex skills as conversation, understanding body language, eye contact, topic maintenance, turn taking, emotional regulation, theory of mind, and pragmatic language.
What is difficult for most behavioral support models to provide, is the controlled social setting, where enough support can be provided to the child, and enough influence can be exerted over the environment, to break down skills into meaningful opportunities that move at the child’s pace. For that reason social skills are not often taught in social environments. Using the partnerships we have established with community partners we strategically group children with their typically developing peer models. The program is designed to allow the facilitators enough control over the group, location, activity and structure to capitalize meaningful opportunities for the child to maximize their learning.
The first weeks of service we will focus on building a meaningful service plan for each child. The plan is built using parent reports, observations and any standardized testing that is deemed to be relevant by our clinical consultants. The primary focus is on building the foundations of social skills, behaviour and language needed for success. Our approach is governed by research based practices focused on applying strategies based in Applied Behavior Analysis. Once service plans have been developed and approved programming will begin and children will be placed in social learning teams.
A range of programming options are available designed to offer individualized support and learning in the context of a social environment. For more information see the calendar and contact the office to set up a meeting to best determine what programming and support options might be best for your family.