We Offer a Wide Variety of Services
Weekly social groups – ongoing through the school year with summer options
Coming in 2018: Specialty groups! I Feel Worried and I Feel Mad – stay tuned for details
Individual Social Coaching: 1:1 social coaching in home for kids
Simply Social Skills: 1:1 social coaching and executive function coaching for adults
Sibshops: Sibling support for kids with siblings who have special needs
Seminars: see www.howtomakeandkeepfriends.com for a complete list of seminars
In Class Observations: Social coach observes classroom dynamic during academic and social time with recommendations
Parent Support: Social coaches offer ongoing parent support
Awesome Night Talent and Art Show: Social opportunity for kids to show off their talents
Thanksmasakah: Our annual holiday mash up party
- Social coaching in the moment in a primarily unstructured setting which is where kids have the most difficult time (lunch, recess, the bus).
- A fun environment – SSK is the highlight of the week for kids who attend – we are not “friend school” but more of a facilitated recreational activity.
- Resiliency and optimism exercises are explicitly taught to kids/teens. We use strategies that are proven to be effective based on solid research.
- We are coaches who mentor kids on how to interact with peers (We are not a clinic. We don’t do treatment. We are not clinicians.)
- Sensory simple on purpose – kids learn how to manage sensory needs when a sensory room isn’t nearby.
- Our program is very effective. Most of the kids who attend make true friends – check out our testimonials.
- Parent support – enrolled families get free access to the subscription-based Social Success Central Facebook group (a savings of $9.95 monthly).
- Incredibly talented social coaches – we have added two new coaches this summer! Join me in welcoming Jennifer Bellissimo and Shannon Keele! Our coaches have varied backgrounds and all are trained in our unique program. See below for the bios of our team.
- Nadine wrote the book on social skills – actually, Nadine co-authored 7 books in all with many more on the way.
The programs at Simply Social Kids have an undercurrent of positive psychology. Kids will routinely have lessons based on gratitude, happiness, and mindfulness to encourage positive outlooks despite social challenges. Our goal is to empower kids to manage their relationships, conflicts and internal frustrations while using age-appropriate strategies. We offer a sensory simple environment with same-aged peers to provide a realistic setting that kids are in on a daily basis.
Elementary Aged Kids
Our social skills programs combine several best practices available for teaching socials skills to children. The programs are delivered in an unstructured setting to allow for in-the-moment social coaching. We create an environment that is similar lunch/recess which the most challenging part of a child’s day when they struggle with social issues. Elementary school-aged kids will enter the program with the idea that they will just play with other kids and may not even realize that social coaching is occurring. Children interact with each other and our adult assistants and when conflicts occur, a trained social coach guides each child through the situation while teaching strategies for them to eventually handle issues on their own. They are given lessons on perspective taking while providing them with simple language and easy steps toward collaboration. As we get to know each child and the issues that are hindering friendships, we tailor our instruction specifically to the needs of the kids in each group. These tools provide children with lifelong skills that will enhance their ability to make and keep friends.
Middle and High School
We understand that our teenage population is more likely to be open to social skills instruction when they understand that strong social skills can help them achieve employment and relationships with future romantic interests. This is a key stage of their lives and they will need to know how to handle difficult roommates, bosses, coworkers, girlfriend/boyfriend issues. Each week, the teens are presented a topic and activity in which social skills are practiced and discussed. The rest of the session the teens are able to socialize with one another, play a game or just chat. For some teens, it’s a place to be accepted and where true friendships form.