Developmental Social Groups

When is shyness simply a case of “being shy” or at what stage does shyness become more debilitating and stifling?

At what stage does shyness become a diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder? If you’re a parent who watches their child play alone, notices he or she observes but doesn’t interact with classmates, or lacks appropriate behavior in a social setting, we may be able to help you and your child. A developmental social group might help.

CAMP FIREFLY

Camp Firefly offers a unique summer camp experience to boys and girls, ages 9-18, who have been diagnosed with social disorders, such as Social Anxiety, OCD, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and High Functioning Autism. 

LANGUAGE WITH FRIENDS: [2-3 YEARS]

This group, for children 2-3 years of age, will focus on participating in circle time and engaging in play-time activities that promote communication, early problem solving and following directions. This group is playful and fun, often focusing on a particular theme to enhance vocabulary development and to increase a child’s opportunity to use language within a group setting. Children can practice the social rules of communication such as turn-taking, gestures and body language. Led by a Speech-Language Pathologist.

CHAVERIM: FRIENDSHIP GROUPS FOR ORTHODOX CHILDREN

The Chaverim group, for children ages 8-13 years, focuses on strengthening your child’s relationships through activities that enhance the skills needed to make and keep friends. Topics covered in group include: dealing with bullying, accepting criticism, cooperating with others, improving self-esteem, communicating needs, taking others’ perspective, expressing emotions, and showing respect.

Play Group (3-5 years old)

Focuses on the development of language and social skills, along with building play and friendship.

Handwriting Group (various ages)

Fun, engaging activities are used to target each child's fine motor, bilateral coordination, visual-motor and handwriting skills.

Friends Club/Peer Group (5-7 years old)

Does your child have difficulty finding their footing with peers? Consider enrolling your child in this group that uses hands-on learning and play activities based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking approach.

 

Developmental Social Groups

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