I am currently running several social skills groups at Wingdale Elementary. Social interaction involves at least two people and for students who have social problems or difficulties interacting with others, this may be due to social skill deficits. Social skills training focuses on helping students who have these problems by using skill lessons that make explicit what to say and do in different social situations. For the student to help generalize these skills to other situations, it is important that the skills taught in the group be reinforced in the school environment outside of the group, and at home or in the community when possible. The groups generally meet once a week with a new skill introduced at each meeting. Each meeting follows a schedule that includes talk time, introduction of the new skill to be taught, and, usually, time to play a game or do a fun activity. Appropriate skills are reinforced with a token economy system (if your child is involved, ask them about "Bowler Bucks"), with rewards given at the end of each session. If you think your child could benefit from this program or if you have questions about it, please contact me.
Banana Splits Groups:
Banana Splits refers to groups for children in families that affected by separation or divorce. At Wingdale Elementary, we will also include children in single parent households as the issues these families face are similar. These groups meet on a time limited basis, usually 8-10 weeks, and meet during lunch so no academic time is lost. The focus is on knowing that you are not alone in what you and your family is going through, understanding the process and what may happen, and building a support and social network for your child. Issues covered in the group will depend on the participants and where their families are in the separation/divorce process. If you would like your child to participate in this program or have questions about, please contact me.
Dover Union Free School District 2368 Rt 22 Dover Plains, NY 12522 Phone: (845) 877-5700 Fax: (845) 877-5766