FUSE Social Groups
**ALL SOCIAL GROUPS FOLLOW THE SAME SNOW CANCELLATION POLICY AS FUSE SCHOOL AND THE TOWN OF LEXINGTON.**
FUSE Social Groups
In the social play group, children will learn the skills to effectively collaborate with peers, such as making a play plan, communicating ideas to a peer, internalizing strategies for flexible thinking, utilizing nonverbal problem solving, and regulating emotions. Given the structure, scaffolding and small group (3 – 4 children), children will share their experience with their peers, appreciate peers’ ideas and thoughts and integrate others ideas into his/her own thinking. We utilize both building type collaboration and gross motor movement to achieve our goals. This type group is the foundational starting point to gain strategies and build confidence.
Recess is the most anticipated yet hardest part of the day for many of our kids. The main focus is to teach each child ways to join into a game at recess or the park, to stay focused on the rules yet appreciate when they evolve with play, and to maintain excited engagement. The hope is to have children who have a difficult time engaging during recess to feel confident in their abilities and want to participate with peers. We will also focus on initiating ideas and being flexible when something unexpected happens during play. We will expect all participants to work on team work, peer leadership and social thinking. E.G. giving compliments and advice to friends.
FUSE social groups integrate the philosophy and principles of RDI (Relationship Development Intervention), Social Thinking, and Mindfulness to create one FUSEd, integrated approach for children to learn how to naturally, confidently, and flexibly navigate the social world.
ALL Social groups are run by trained staff, supervised by Lauren Weeks and Jennifer Deady. Children are carefully placed in groups based on many criteria including age, developmental level, social group readiness, and input from the family and Lauren Weeks. The mission of the social groups is to teach children each aspect of social collaboration and communication so that the strategies and skills will generalize to peer group interactions. We will teach through the activities and games aspects of social referencing, co-regulation, flexibility, thinking about the group plan and more. Each child works on his or her own individual goals during the group activity at the same time as the group goal is being addressed.
If interested in social groups please download the FUSE program Intake Form then email completed form to Lauren at the email above.
Social Groups run weekly from January 7 – May 25. Number of sessions vary due to holidays and vacations and are priced accordingly.