The information below will provide you with information regarding both programs that my staff will provide.
Social Club Activities
Tuesday nights: 6:00pm-8:00pm
June 5th-July 31st (8 sessions)
All activities will be run by an adult(s) who has experience in facilitating structured social groups. Each scheduled session will be broken into 4 different themed activities: science club, video gaming club, art club, and recreation club . During each session children will have structured activities based around each theme. See 'themed activities' description below. The idea is to find a mix between the participants interest level in the certain activity with their ability level. Each group will have a set of peer mentors to help facilitate conversation, provide friendship, use for role playing, modeling and comfort.
1. Video Game Club:
CALLING ALL GAMERS!
This club is designed for children who share an interest in video gaming. Participants will come together with peer mentors to form a club that is designed around video games. In this structured setting participants will share their interests, compete against each other and play as teams to learn to work together. In this group, communication and language skills will be encouraged and enriched through playing video games. Children will have many opportunities to practice using a variety of communication skills for getting along with and playing with others. Turn-taking, as well as negotiating, sharing, giving, and requesting will be emphasized. Led by a school guidance counselor.
2. Art Club:
In this club children will learn new skills and techniques, have fun and make friends! They are encouraged to use their initiative and imagination and are provided with all the materials and resources to experiment and explore. Each structured session will offer various art activities based on each child's ability level. Participants will be paired with peer mentors that will help facilitate instruction, conversation skills, provide comfort and to learn how to work together. Each participant will be able to take home his/her own 'art portfolio'.
3. Science club
This club is designed for children who share an interest in science. Participants will work together with peer mentors to enjoy hands-on science fun while learning how to problem solve. In addition, children will learn to improve their communication skills by collaborating with each other. A certified science teacher we lead activities that will be based on concepts in the areas of life, physical, earth and space sciences.
4. Recreation club
Participants will engage in various social recreation activities depending on the 'theme' of the week. There will be four different themes that will recycle after the first four weeks are concluded.
Week 1: Soccer
Week 2: Kickball
Week 3: Basketball
Week 4: Field Day
Some skills that will be emphasized are cooperative play, working together, communication and practicing being the 'winner of the game of life'.
Social Adventure Challenge
Session 1: July 23-July 27
Session 2: July 30-August 3
9:00-9:15: Arrive/check in
Participants will sign in and also pick what group activity they want to participate in for that day and copy the 'vocabulary terms of the day' in their notebooks.
9:15-9:45: Morning Meeting
Participants will each have a morning job that they will have to perform during the course of this period. Here are some examples of jobs.
-Joke of the day
The morning meeting will conclude with me going over the agenda and the expectations for the day. I will introduce the theme and vocabulary for that day.
9:45-10:00: Interview of the day
During this portion of the day a student will be picked to be interviewed by his/her fellow campers. The child being interviewed will listen to the questions being asked and then answer them accordingly. Questions will be based around school, hobbies, and their 'favorites'.
10:00-11:00: Social Stations (some stations will be paired together)
During this period participants with be broken up into small groups to participate in different social activities (listed below). Each group will participate in two different activities in this period (1 hour). There will be enough space between the activities to eliminate noise and visual distractions. Participants will know which stations they will be participating in during the morning meeting each day.
1. People Files (concept by Michelle Garcia Winner)
2. Unexpected vs. Expected behavior activity (concept by Michelle Garcia Winner)
3. Social Radar
4. Social Stories (Concept by Carol Gray)
5. Conversation skills
6. Board games (apples to apples, UNO, pictureka, etc.)
7. Nintendo Wii
8. Cartoon Drawing (following directions)
9. Legos (working together to build a task)
11. Video Modeling
11:15-12:15: Social Stations
During this period participants with be broken up into small groups to participate in different social activities (listed below). Each group will participate in two different activities in this period (1 hour). There will be enough space between the activities to eliminate noise and visual distractions. Participants will be told which stations they will be participating in during the morning meeting. (see above for activities)
12:15-1:00: Lunch/Conversation skills
This will be our lunch period. We will all sit together as a group to eat. This will be our least unstructured period with an emphasis on maintaining an appropriate conversation while eating. Staff will teach strategies on how to do this.
1:15-2:15: Group activity
-kickball & bottle soccer
On Friday, participants will also take part in 'social skills jeopardy'. The game is set up very similar to the same 'Jeopardy' we watch on T.V. The categories/questions will be based on various vocabulary terms that we will use throughout the week (see vocabulary terms). During the game teams will have the opportunity to earn various gift certificates to various places such as bowling alleys, laser tag, Walmart, Pralines, and Putters Paradise.
2:15-3:00: Role play/Process day
During this period we will role play certain situations that either went really well or things that we could of done differently. I will put students in a certain scenario and ask them to act it out with each other. The audience will watch and will be asked for their feedback at the end. In addition to this I will wrap the day up with something positive that each student exhibited throughout the course of the day.
Lunch and snack should be provided Monday-Thursday. On Friday we will have a pizza and ice cream party that the participants will work together to plan in efforts to improve their executive functioning skills.