Does this describe your son in High School?
- Has a hard time in unstructured social settings
- Had friends in elementary school but seemed to become more socially isolated when he got to middle school
- Spends most of his weekends home alone, in front of video games/computers
- Does not initiate plans with “school friends” and does not get invited places
- Says “friends” are kids he plays online video games with
- Seem to sometimes “lack a filter” or not pick up on social cues
- Relates better to younger children and adults than his similar-age peers
- Tries to fit in with a group of peers who are not accepting of him
- Says he has” friends” that he plays video games or sits at lunch with yet knows little about them
- Labels other kids who behave similar to him as “annoying” or “weird” because he doesn’t realize how he comes across to others
- Finds it easier to engage in screen-based activities to spending time with peers in real-life
Despite not expressing this, High School can be a very lonely time for boys who have difficulty understanding how to connect with similar-age boys in real life.
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 area to have earned a Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion.
Topics covered in our high 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 for the sake of being part of a group
- Being able to take directions from peers and give directions without being bossy
- Learning how to make plans and scaffold “hanging out” time
- Showing an interest in other boys to show them you want to be friends 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
- Learning how to spend time with other boys, without the use of electronics
- Sharing the right amount of information in conversations ( having reciprocal conversations instead of talking at other kids about your interests)
- Understanding the increased social expectations around hygiene/puberty
- Learning the “hidden rules” of male-male social communication
If your son is in high school time is of the essence when it comes to developing skills. Please contact us to discuss how we can help your son develop the skills he needs to be successful.