Social Groups for Children
Summer Social Groups
Six Week Groups
July 1st – August 7th
Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday
3:00PM – 4:15PM
(kids can join extended day 2:30 – 3:00)
Social Play Group
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 other children’s ideas into their own thinking. We utilize both building type collaboration and gross motor movement to achieve our goals. What is “building type collaboration”? This type of social group is the foundational starting point to gain strategies and build confidence.
The purpose of the FUSE Social Groups is to teach children social collaboration and communication skills in order to apply these strategies and skills with their peers.
The group works toward a common goal at the same time as children pursue individual growth. Using activities and games, they learn social problem solving, co-regulation, social communication, collaboration, and flexibility.
The FUSE Social Groups program is offered every afternoon starting at 2:45. Children in our Social Groups are ages three to nine years old.
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. All participants are expected to work on team work, peer leadership and social thinking. E.g., giving compliments and advice to friends
This All Girls Group is for girls who have already participated in a social play based group and have fluidity in the social thinking concepts. The girls will make connections, discuss differences and build friendships all while continuing to work on social thinking concepts. They will build their skills in sharing and accepting others ideas, perspective taking, problem solving and regulating emotions. Activities will be based on the interests of the girls sharing ideas, creating a plan and following through.
Social Sports Sampler
As children become more engaged in social interactions, they naturally start to join group sports which is wonderful. Now they need to learn how to be on a team, win and lose, be a good teammate, understand it is not about the score and more. This group will work on different sports such as basketball, floor hockey, kickball, soccer, etc. They will build teams, play a game, and process all the bumps that come with team sports. This group is for children who have participated in Social Play Group or Recess Games.
Yoga and Mindfulness Group
Children will enjoy a variety of yoga poses, movement to music and movement stories. They will also practice mindfulness exercises and use specific self-regulation techniques, called Adventure Skills.