How do animals help teach us about communication? Animals are another way that children can learn interpersonal skills which helps practice relating to one another. Come join us for our next middle school group for this wonderful oppportunity with Julie Merchant, a licensed professional counselor who has a passion in using animals to teach social skills. She will be bringing Figaro, a cat. 🙂 Often times, we think about a dog or a horse for the use of animal therapy but there are so many more options! Our teens will have the opportunity to observe and interact with Figaro as he is introduced to a group he doesn’t know. So, how is this connected to our own interactions? Observing a room to gather social information is a natural intuitive tool we use as adults but this skill often needs to be practiced with our kids. Julie will discuss the traits specific to a cat that are similar to our own personality traits. For example, we have all had a situation at some time where we have entered a new group such as the start of a new year, a new group, etc. and we’re overwhelmed with anxious feelings and we don’t understand what they’re about. This experience helps students develop awareness and begin to practice centering and calming techniques.
If you have filled out at least one registration form for our middle school group, no need to fill out another one! Just send us an e-mail and let us know that your child will be coming and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice. If you’re new to us, please fill out a registration form and e-mail it to us. You can find all of the information here Middle School OTB Group-Fall Semester
Christina and Wendy
Our next meeting for our middle school group is on Friday, September 8th at 6:30. Details about our middle school group can be found here Middle School OTB Group-Fall Semester We are integrating some fun ways to practice social skills within our group. Please follow our website and “like” us on Facebook for updates on what we are adding. There are some exciting things coming!
For September 8th, we will be having a licensed social worker who utilizes drama therapy in her work come play with our middle schoolers. So what is Drama Therapy? North American Drama Therapy Association describes it as the intentional use of drama and/or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Our goals for our middle schoolers are to strengthen their social learning skills. The focus of this interactive session will be on conversations with peers and how to integrate that into their school environment. This technique includes improvisation, theater games, storytelling, and enactment. This organic and fluid experience will be a ton of fun for us all!
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’ll be coming!
Christina and Wendy
Good morning! We have made a lot of posts this week with our fall schedule and registrations. We wanted to let you know the differences between the two groups that we recently posted.
The social skills groups are for elementary aged children. They are working and building upon specific social skills. The children meet as a group while the parents meet as a separate group. This session runs for six weeks and registration is due by August 19th. Please click here for the full details Registration for School Age Social Skills Classes August 20th-October 1st
Our middle school group typically meets two Friday evenings a month and you can register for all the open Fridays or you can register the week the group meets. This group consists of no more than 10 students with grades ranging from 6th-9th. This is more of a relaxed group than our elementary aged group because it’s more of an organic environment where the students hang out, we play games, and we teach mini-lessons during the group. Please click here for the full details Middle School OTB Group-Fall Semester
If you have any questions about our groups, please contact us at email@example.com.
We will be posting details about a homeschool fall schedule as well as our upcoming free IEP classes for parents and guardians soon.
Christina and Wendy
Summertime brings a perfect opportunity to get your child’s paperwork organized. We have two forms that we use when organizing files. You can download them here:
unit-1-cs and following-units-2-cs
We recommend having an organizational system that works well with your style. One typical system is to purchase a large 3-ring binder and insert the papers in order. Make sure you have a tab for school communication and print your e-mails and document your phone conversations with your child’s school. Christina has a 31 tote bag and keeps file folders organized by current IEPs, evaluations, and all pertinent documentation. It’s easy to carry to a meeting and can quickly find the folder needed on a moment’s notice.
We have found a terrific resource in organizing your child’s paperwork from the Understood website. You can find it here https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/ieps/how-to-organize-your-childs-iep-binder?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg
You can also find resources through our Pinterest page here https://www.pinterest.com/confidentsoluti/boards/
Remember, all special education paperwork will be accompanied with its own DEC5. If you would like to refresh your knowledge each type of form, you can look through our archives on past posts or send us an e-mail with your question! We love connecting with you and helping in any way we are able!
Christina and Wendy
Happy Friday! Our Middle School OTB Club is meeting tonight from 6:30-7:30. We are very excited! The kids will help create and form the type of group they want/need while working on necessary social skills. The mini lessons will be imbedded within their groups of play and interactions. If you’re interested in joining us, please check out our original post here Middle Schoolers OTB (Outside The Box) Club or check out our tab of “Upcoming Events” found at the top of our website. If you are paying at the time of dropping off your child, we will have extra registrations forms printed for you to fill one out.
We’re looking forward to seeing you tonight!