Elementary School Groups

Does this describe your elementary school-age son?

  • Has a hard time during unstructured times at school like lunch or recess
  • Struggles with “reading a room” or understanding what to do in social situations
  • Has a tendency to “police” other kids and can come across as bossy
  • Can be inflexible/say “no” to anything unfamilliar
  • Perceive himself as the victim when his words/behaviors have upset his peers
  • Enjoys being around other boys but has trouble engaging with them
  • Seem to sometimes “lack a filter” or not pick up on social cues
  • Relates better to younger children/older children and adults than his similar-age peers
  • Finds it easier to engage in screen-based activities to spending time with peers in real-life

Our elementary school groups focus on teaching social and executive functioning skills through reciprocal play.    We do not sit around and talk about “social skills” or role play scripted, socially appropriate behaviors.  We play games, learn strategies and have fun in the process. 

Beginning in September we will have a 5th-grade specific group as 5th grade is often a difficult year for the boys we work with.  

Topics covered in our elementary school groups include:

  • Understanding other’s thoughts and feelings and how you come across to others
  • Developing situational awareness (reading a room)
  • Learning to be more flexible around play and going along with what others want to do
  • Sharing an imagination (learning how to share ideas, etc. and collaborate)
  • Being able to take directions from peers and give directions without being bossy
  • Engaging in reciprocal play instead of parallel play
  • Showing an interest in other boys in ways that sound natural (aka not sounding like you walked out of a social skills group)
  • Putting problems in a relevant context and engaging in independent problem solving skills
  • Having reciprocal conversations rather than just talking at others about your interests

Our groups are based on the Social Thinking methodology and incorporate executive functioning strategies from Cognitive Connections, LLC as well as cognitive behavior strategies.  Ryan Wexelblatt, Ride the Wave Director has completed more training in these methodologies than any provider of social learning programs in the area.

Contact us to discuss how we can help your son be socially successful.