All most current research now shows that the non-verbal, emotional centers of the brain in young children (toddler through elementary school age) cannot be well accessed by talk therapy...
Friends Groups begin the week of August 20, 2012 and go through mid-October. The next round of groups then begin the week of October 15 and go through early to mid-December 2012
Social Skills Play Therapy groups are ongoing throughout the school year. I generally run groups for ages 7-8; 8-10 and 10-12 on an ongoing basis. The age combinations at times may be tweaked by me, after assessing each child member, and groups are created accordingly. Peer relations, ability to make and maintain friendships, learning how to read body language/facial expression can be challenging for children on the spectrum (Aspergers), or for those with regulatory/sensory issues (SPD and AD/HD).
Learning new games (both collaborative and competitive), working on gross and fine motor skills such as throwing/catching ball balls together, where each member must watch carefully and even learn to 'fool' the rest of us is wonderful and instructional. Board games, group and individual sand trays, both wet and dry, sharing special interests, marbles, jacks, charades, puppet shows and made up Star Wars/superhero/Pokemon pretend play are just some examples of activities in a given 8 week session. As I move into the 8-9 year old groups and older, the safety issues regarding being at school, bullying, and good decision-making come into play on a more in-depth level.
BRIDGING TOYS AND ACTIVITIES TOWARDS A MORE GENERALIZED BEHAVIOR with good social/emotional regulation and reciprocity with peers are my primary goals. Success OUTSIDE THE THERAPY PLAY ROOM and with peers/family is my ultimate goal for the clinical work I do.
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IMPORTANT: Regarding my social skills Friends Groups & Camps: I generally recommend several individual sessions for children who are new to my practice and to me, especially when autism spectrum, anxiety, or significant self-esteem issues are present. Your child will learn to feel at ease in the play room, and also feel safe with me as his/her therapist. There are some children, who have had recent supportive therapies, and these children may be ready to start in a group right away or after one individual session. Children on the spectrum highly benefit from their own individual therapy, concurrent with group work. I will make my recommendation and as always, parents will decide. My highest goal, however in the Friends Groups and Friends Camps is that they are designed for SUCCESS for the children. Ultimately, I will decide if a child is ready to join and/or if it is a good match for our small social skills group. We can discuss this further at your parent consultation/child intake session. LT