WHAT ARE SOCIAL LEARNING GROUPS?
Social learning groups are mini learning communities where students gather to acquire competencies for interacting successfully with others in their environment. While most children will develop these skills naturally as part of their typical development pathway, others require more explicit and intentional teaching to reinforce the skills. Social learning groups provide children with a safe, fun, and nurturing space to learn, practice, play and meet others that they can continue to grow and build with throughout their shared experiences.
WHAT AGE GROUPS ARE OFFERED?
Chatterbox groups are offered for students ages 4-14 years old. Groups are formed according to age and grade:
Primary - Age 4-7yrs old, Pre-K through 1st grade
Elementary – Age 8-10yrs old, 2nd through 4th grade
Middle School – Age 11-14yrs old, 5th through 8th grade
IS YOUR CHILD A GOOD FIT FOR CHATTERBOX?
While all students benefit from exposure and direct teaching of social competencies such as compassion, empathy, and perspective taking; students with formal diagnoses of high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder and other related developmental concerns may benefit the most. Chatterbox is not recommended for students whose communication, adaptive/life, behavior, play skills, etc. are severely impacted by their developmental diagnosis. Additionally, chatterbox should be utilized as a supplementary, not primary, therapeutic resource for students who receive other intervention services (i.e. Speech, Occupational, ABA and related therapies).
Our Chatterbox team of educators utilizes the Think Social curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner. Think Social is widely used all over the world by school systems, therapists, parents and teachers who work with diverse learning populations as their primary resource for social skills instruction. Along with the Think Social curriculum, Winner and her team have developed a host of additional curricular books, materials, videos, games, and other resources that build upon the core vocabulary and principles of the social thinking concept. When it comes to research based, proven, and successful resources in the world of social instruction, our educators are not reinventing the wheel. We believe the social thinking concept and Think Social curriculum developed by Winner is the best resource for ensuring successful outcomes for our students. For more information about Michelle G. Winner and the Think Social curriculum visit www.socialthinking.com. The materials we use are linked to age and developmental groups. See samples here.