Online Groups and 1:1 Coaching – now available
Covid19 Update: All programming is online. Once the Coronavirus Pandemic is over and it is safe to socialize in person, both online and in-person social programming will be available.
Weekly social groups for ages 5 through young adult and 1:1 social skills and resiliency coaching
Parent Support: Social coaches offer ongoing parent support
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. Children/teens/young adults 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.
Elementary Aged Kids
Our programs are a combination of our proprietary method plus several best practices for teaching social and resiliency skills to children. The programs are delivered in an unstructured setting to allow for in-the-moment social coaching for either online or in-person groups. 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.
Our program is unique. We pride ourselves on our commitment to:
Social coaching in the moment in a primarily unstructured setting.
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.