Social Skills Groups
Our movement-based social skills groups have been designed to initiate and create meaningful peer relationships through sports and fitness. Athletes will experience an intimate and structured social setting.
During each group session, athletes will participate, share, follow directions and rules, and take turns. We have designed our group sessions to be both age and skill appropriate so that athletes can utilize problem-solving skills through physical play and social interactions.
Our sessions help develop positive peer interactions and communication – while having fun! To learn more about our movement- based social skills groups contact us today.
10 Sessions $1500
15 Sessions $1900
20 Sessions $2300
CAN YOU RELATE TO THE FOLLOWING STORY?
“Coach Mike, my child doesn’t have many friends. I find it extremely hard to say it to myself, let alone out loud to you. I get a lump in my throat and a pain in my heart when I talk about this with anyone. My child is rarely invited to a birthday party, sleepover, or playdate. In most cases, we only get invites from close friends or family. What hurts me most is that my child loves to be around other kids, but he either sits on the sideline watching and smiling or, the other extreme, he becomes over-stimulated and overzealous while interacting and typically ends up having to be removed (kicking and screaming) from the other kids. It’s no secret my child struggles socially to build and maintain friendships. I want him to be able to enjoy being around other kids without being isolated or about to star in a UFC cage fight.”
Having heard many stories like this, I came to the realization that I needed to create change for the families with whom I was already working. With the help of Emily Kline, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, we came up with the idea of combining our skills and creating a fun fitness – social group. We want to give the families and kids we work with a safe environment to practice and improve their social skills, and have them learn these skills through sports and fitness. This way, when they’re not working with us, i.e., when they’re out in the real world, parents and kids will feel more confident in any given environment. Society has a lot of catching up to do in regards to awareness for children with special needs. However, rather than waiting for society to catch up, Emily and I decided to create a paradigm shift and give the families and kids we work with additional skills and the support they need now. With that in mind, we came up with the concept, CORE, which focuses on the following:
We understand that life choices and interactions can be difficult for the kids we work with because of sensory difficulties, motor planning difficulties, and social skills difficulties. Because the kids we work with already have so much on their plates, we decided to focus on the CORE (literally – as this is where all movement stems from) through physical activity and theory of mind (providing our kids with the CORE skills to be socially interactive). We felt that if we could give the kids and parents a model (the CORE Four), they would be able to reference and utilize these strategies in any given situation.
Children will be encouraged to
PLAY! In our group sessions, effort equals success. Participants’ efforts are rewarded with positive feedback. By showing appreciation for their physical activity and group interactions, we reinforce the foundation of lifelong habits and social skills
Share in social interactions. We teach personal and social responsibility through physical activity. Physical activity is a proven way to teach kids valuable life skills including cooperation, leadership, and respect.
Have FUN! Each session involves a consistent delivery of positive messages and acceptance. We take the emphasis off winning and put it on having FUN! In addition to having fun, we also teach athletes how to overcome adversity. No one is perfect and, for that reason, not every new skill or lesson learned during a session is perfect. Group participants are taught that it’s okay to make mistakes, to keep going, and keep improving. When we teach participants to deal with mistakes and overcome adversity, they’re better equipped to create solutions and strategies to solve problems.
Goals of Empowered Small Groups
Bridging the gap between therapy and physical play. Through physical play we facilitate the development of foundational movement skills such as, but not limited to, squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, twisting, bending, and walking/running/jumping. We teach participants to live and move in their own bodies. With each lesson athletes improve their physical and interpersonal skills.
Building self-confidence and social skills. We redefine play instead of expecting group participants to adhere to traditional sports rules and regulations. Our social skills and movement games are filled with creativity, and they conform to an individual’s needs and differences. In fact, we find less structured activities allow participants to express themselves in both physical play and interactions with their peers.