Is a child getting the most out his/her social interactions at school? Are you looking to develop innovative approaches to bring about social progress/success for a student or students? Let’s discuss all the ways that might work best at your school.
If your desire is to keep programming in the district then let’s discuss ways that this might happen. There are many ways for individuals to have fun and learn social/life skills. You may already have staff right there that would be great faciliators of social programming.
I ran a highly successful program this past summer in the Beverly Public School System. Consider the idea of an in-district community-as-a-classroom curriuculum:
The community is the perfect place for an individual to practice being social. Great opportunities exist for the generalization of learned social skills exists through practice out in the world. With guides who understand how a child individually processes information faster growth in connecting with the social world is bound to occur. It is also a chance for classmates to share unique experience together that will hopefully serve to create greater bonding in the school years to come. Social practice brings about the ability to find the most effectively consistent ways to enjoy engaging the world and the other individuals in it. The idea is to learn and have fun at the same time.
Learn practical life skills during daily trips into various community settings.
- Travel training using public transportation
- Engaging the public
- Learning to use money (a daily activity allowance for each child is included)
- People watching as a way to learn and enhance interpreting non-verbal information (body language, tone of voice)
- Learning to be social in a group while in the community
- Learning different social rules depending on the place being visited (museum, café/restaurant, department store, train/bus)
Sharing and learning about each person’s interests in the group
- Each child over the course of the six weeks will work with the staff to plan a day that centers around sharing a main interest
Theater games have proven to be an excellent (and fun) vehicle to teach a multitude of social skills simultaneously:
- Perspective taking
- Interpretation of body language
- Eye Contact
- Thinking on your feet
- Going with the flow
- Transition difficulties
- Maintaining dialogue
- Building relationships
- Improving self esteem