Difficulties in social communication can have lifelong impacts including social isolation, poor reading comprehension, school dropout, lower employment rates, and depression. It is our goal to give our clients the tools they need to be successful, fulfilled, members of their community who participate in a variety of social activities.
At Spectrum, we teach social skills combined with recreation activities to build skill acquisition, fluency and generalization within the types of activities that our clients want to access but often cannot due to their misunderstanding of the social nuances of group interactions. Everything we do is underlined by our belief that social interaction must be fun to be motivating enough for our students to do the work involved in applying and practicing the skills necessary to be successful in a social world.
Our instructional strategies are based in strategies from applied behavior analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy, a logic and action based strategy of setting goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals. All students set personal goals based on their social experiences and needs and work to master those goals. Spectrum social groups primarily serve students from age 4 through adult with specialized adult groups for young men and women working on building social living skills for increased independence.
For students not yet ready for group learning activities due to age, skill level or significant behavioral issues, we offer individualized Individualized, 1:1 coaching or dyads/triads for very small group learning opportunities.
Curriculum for a group is selected to support the learning objectives of each group and activities are designed to intrigue and engage the clients enrolled in each class. Our instructional strategies are unique in our utilization of direct instruction followed by activity based reinforcement and practice. This is where recreational therapy plays a key role…teaching group games with a purpose and using them to help students identify how the use of certain social skills helps them attain their goals within the game and how not using their skills, “breaks” the game, has been highly effective.
Spectrum’s social groups are small with an average of 6 students in a class (some more some less depending on participants). We always have at least 2 staff members leading the group.
Social groups for students in Kindergarten through High School meet once per week for one hour. Visit our page for 1st -12th grade groups for more information.
Social groups for adult students (age 18 and over who are no longer in public school programs) meet for either one hour for instructional based groups or for two hours for community based groups. For more information go to our adult social group page.
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Class assignments are based on student age and maturity, communication abilities, social skill abilities and schedule availability. For social skills instruction and coaching for students younger than four and older than twenty-five, please contact us to discuss your individual needs and the services we can provide.