We Offer a Wide Variety of Services
Weekly social groups for ages 5 through young adult
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 teen annual holiday mash up party (available for enrolled teens only)
- 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 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
- Nadine wrote the book on social skills – actually, Nadine co-authored 7 books in all with many more on the way.
Positive Psychology Infused Program
The programs at Simply Social Kids have an undercurrent of positive psychology. Positive psychology is scientifically proven model for overall well-being. 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.
Our program for young adults 18+ focuses on social skills and managing their own lives and futures. The content of these groups includes delving into questions such as “what are your goals, hopes and dreams?” We work with these adults to insure that they finding ways to socialize once school has ended and to prepare them for whatever they choose to do after high school. For some, they will be living in a college dorm and will have to manage the intense social nature of that setting. Others will find work through vocational programs and other might choose the military. Whatever their path, we strive to help them prepare for the social lives of their future.