Does this describe your 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 tries to control play situations
- Can be inflexible/say “no” to anything unfamiliar
- Perceive himself as the victim when his peers react to his words/behavior
- 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
- Can be smothering to other boys
Our elementary school groups focus on teaching social executive functioning skills through improving unstructured play. Unbeknownst to many parents, the way social skills and executive function skills develop is through unstructured play. Our elementary groups combine instruction in the Social Thinking methodology with different forms of play.
Our elementary school groups are not “social skills groups”. We do not sit around and talk about “social skills” or role play scripted, socially appropriate behaviors that are unnatural to the way boys relate to each other. . We play games, learn strategies and have fun in the process.
Our groups are designed for boys who present with ADHD or learning differences. Unlike most social skills providers we do not use a “one size fits all” approach where students of varying abilities and learning needs are grouped together.
Groups are based in the Social Thinking methodology and integrate executive functioning strategies. Ryan Wexelblatt, Ride the Wave Director is one of the few practitioners in the state to have earned a Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion.
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
Contact us to discuss how we can help your son develop the skills he needs to be successful.