We believe that children shine in their own individual ways. All children begin their journey at FUSE with an individual evaluation to better understand their history of development, personal strengths, areas of improvement, and fit with our program.
At FUSE we believe that there is more than one way to teach a child how to be a competent social problem solver. Social skills and social interactions with peers encompass communication, flexibility, appreciating feelings, and perspective taking; all part of what we refer to as dynamic thinking and intelligence. Therefore, we dynamically fuse different research-based approaches into one systematic model to support the WHOLE child.
The FUSE approach is based on research of typical and atypical development. We teach social and emotional development to children who did not develop these skills naturally. We build these skills from internal motivation and praise, rather than external reinforcement.
Children have to be ready and open for social and emotional development. They need support to internalize the goals and strategies FUSE introduces and models. Through the process of getting to know our students, we slowly build trust with them. We help them understand their thoughts and feelings, notice and utilize nonverbal communication, regulate their actions with a partner, and thus become a collaborative social partner. This is the ultimate goal for FUSE students—motivation to share their experience and joy with their friends.
The FUSE program combines the work and theories of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)©, Social Thinking©, and Zones of Regulation© to create a fused approach for children with social challenges.