The goal of MYFS Sociables group is to help kids learn and practice social skills. Social skills are an important part of a child’s development and success. Social skills will be taught through collaborative art work, games, and storytelling. The skills taught will help kids to look at “size of the problem”, body and spatial awareness, working together, and conflict resolution.
Over the course of the 6-week session, a topic related to social skill development will be taught through experiential activities, storytelling, and then opportunities to use those particular skills collaboratively on a group art project. Resources used as a basis for the curriculum each week are identified below.
Week 1: Goal: Making Connections & Getting Familiar With Group Expectations
The Crayon Box That Talked, Shane DeRolf
Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Socializing & Imagination, Pamela J. Wolfberg
Week 2: Goal: Identifying Size of the problem?
Zones of Regulation, Leah M. Kuypers, MA Ed. OTR/L
My book Full of Feelings, Amy V. Jaffe, MSW & Luci Gardner
Week 3: Goal: Perspective Taking
Thinking About You, Thinking About Me (1 & 2nd editions), Michelle Garcia Winner
Social Skills Rules for Kids: The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed, Susan Diamond, MA, CCC, Foreword by Ann Gordon, PhD, BCET
Week 4: Goal: Working together & Conflict Resolution
Playing it Right, Social Skills Activities for Parents & Teachers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rachael Bareket
Week 5: Goal: Body and Spatial Awareness & work on combined group project
From Head to Toe, Eric Carle
Week 6: Goal: Behavioral Practice of Learned Social Skills at Sociables Party