At 121 Learning Works, we use the interests of your child to facilitate appropriate and meaningful practice of the social skills they need to acquire through a safe and supportive small group setting where your child can receive the support they need to be successful, build their self-esteem and develop friendships. The goal of our program is to teach your child the skills that they need to be successful outside of our sessions. After all, THAT’s where it counts the most!
How does it work?
During the application process, and with your feedback we will collaboratively decide which group would be the best fit for your child. Occasionally, we may recommend that a child receive some 1:1 instruction prior to or while simultaneously being included in a social group to build and support the necessary skills.
Groups range in age from 3-13 years old. We form groups when there are three (but no more than six) children of similar age, interests and abilities.
How many classes will my child need?
The distinctive design of our social skills groups allows our groups to be held on an ongoing basis with rolling admission. In addition, once your child has met all of their goals, they will be included in our graduation ceremony! At 121 Learning Works, we do not require a commitment to a number of sessions, although we do recommend that your child attend at least eight weeks of sessions. Then, we can review the need to continue and revise your child’s goals. Repetition and consistent practice are the critical elements that facilitate the acquisition of the skills your child needs.
Types of Groups
"Foundations" Preschool Group
Practicing social skills for children three to five years can “set the foundation” for friendship building and a healthy adjustment to a school environment. The focus of our Foundations group is to facilitate appropriate play, and peer engagement, all within the context of active lessons and play. The curriculum utilizes lessons that are designed to increase appropriate communication, cooperative play, managing emotions and decrease frustration to bring out the best in your child!
Lego Social Group
Playing with Lego blocks creates many social opportunities for sharing, requesting, using appropriate eye contact, creativity and for some children, learning to refer to a model and all within the context of play! The language of game playing is facilitated so that your child can interact with their peers appropriately while sharing a common interest.
Perfect for children aged five to eight who are embarking on their playdate adventures! We will be targeting how to maintain proximity with a peer when the peer is leading, how to lead a playdate, how to cooperate and understand that sometimes we have to do what our friends want to do (even if we don’t want to do it!), using appropriate manners, sharing, turn-taking, appropriate eye contact, requesting, accepting no, waiting, transitioning, appropriate winning/losing (flexibility!) and of course, learning to cooperatively clean-up. Teaching will include, direct feedback, and role-playing.
Learn to be a Social Sleuth
The “Social Sleuth” group is about perspective taking, inferencing, identifying emotions, social empathy and appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication (like reading facial expressions!).
In the “Learn to be a Social Sleuth” group, children will learn about their emotions, other’s emotions, and how to “read” emotions in other people as well as how to interpret body language, tone of voice, gestures and how to think about their behavior in the context of the environment and how the environment may respond to them based on their behavior. These concepts will be taught via, demonstration, video modeling, and discussion.
Sometimes our children love to have a conversation…but only if the topic is something that they are interested in! In the Conversation Club, the children will learn how to discuss topics that they are interested, take turns talking, discuss topics their peers are interested in, use a balanced number of questions and statements to keep conversations going as well as when to join a conversation, start a conversation and end a conversation politely, these skills will be taught when the children are motivated to discuss as well as when they are not which is what occurs in “real-life.”
This group will focus on the children learning to play a variety of games cooperatively with a peer or with a group while fostering self-regulation and emotional control. There are many skills that are required to be successful “game-player” such as asking if anyone wants to play a specific game and then accepting the answer from a peer or group without getting upset, being a gracious winner or loser, sharing, turn taking, and being flexible.