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February 22, 2024

Processes & Expected Outcomes: Enhancing K-2 Social Skills

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Empowering Young Learners Through Expert Guidance and Engaging Activities

Imagine your child blossoming in a supportive environment where they learn essential social skills for success. Through our weekly Social Skills Group, kindergarten through second-grade learners are empowered to thrive socially and emotionally.

Led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, our engaging curriculum focuses on key skills like communication, empathy, frustration tolerance, and conflict resolution, ensuring alignment with both developmental needs and parental aspirations.

Welcoming Space for Fun and Learning

Set within the vibrant Rebel & Wolf Cafe in Philadelphia, our sessions encourage participation, understanding, and practical application of newly learned skills. From interactive games and role-playing scenarios to storytelling and group discussions, each activity is carefully chosen to promote engagement and learning in a fun and supportive environment.

Processes for Enhancing K-2 Social Skills

Favorite Toys, Real-Life Practice

We encourage children to bring their favorite toys, like Lego’s World Builder, Minecraft, and Montessori Games. This not only enhances comfort but also creates opportunities for real-life practice in resolving conflicts and demonstrating empathy as they interact with each other’s toys.

Tangible Outcomes for a Brighter Future

Our six-week program, starting Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024, aims to deliver tangible outcomes:

  • Increased participation in group activities
  • Improved communication skills,¬†including active listening and clear expression
  • Enhanced emotional regulation for effective identification and management of feelings
  • Greater empathy and understanding of others
  • Positive conflict resolution strategies for constructive navigation of disagreements
  • A boost in self-confidence and social engagement

Our ultimate goal is for children to not only demonstrate these skills within our program but also apply them in classrooms, other social settings, and throughout their lives, contributing to their overall emotional well-being and academic success.

Collaborative Approach: Parents & Program, Hand in Hand

Parents and guardians play a crucial role in this journey. By fostering a supportive and reinforcing environment at home, they amplify the program’s benefits, ensuring that skills learned extend beyond our sessions.

Together, we create a cohesive framework for growth, setting the stage for reduced social anxiety, improved emotional well-being, and the development of meaningful friendships.

Building Bridges, Fostering Success

This collaborative approach underscores the importance of our action model. It bridges the gap between the learning environment and everyday experiences, equipping children with the confidence to navigate social interactions effectively.

By integrating program skills into daily life, we ensure that the development of social skills is a continuous process, supported both within and outside the program, fostering an environment where every child can thrive.

Logic Model for Social Skills Group: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Inputs
  • Qualified facilitator: Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience working with young children.
  • Engaging curriculum: Age-appropriate activities focusing on key social skills (e.g., communication, empathy, conflict resolution).
  • Supportive environment: Small group setting with positive reinforcement and opportunities for practice.
  • Parent/guardian involvement: Communication and collaboration with parents/guardians to reinforce skills at home.
Activities
  • Interactive games, role-playing scenarios, storytelling, arts and crafts, group discussions, social-emotional learning activities.
Outputs
  • Increased participation in group activities.
  • Improved communication skills (e.g., active listening, clear expression).
  • Enhanced emotional regulation (e.g., identification and management of feelings).
  • Greater empathy and understanding of others.
  • Positive conflict resolution strategies.
  • Increased self-confidence and social engagement.
Short-Term Outcomes
  • Students demonstrate improved social skills in the group setting.
  • Students report feeling more confident and comfortable interacting with peers.
  • Parents/guardians report observing positive changes in their child’s social behavior.
Medium-Term Outcomes
  • Students apply social skills learned in the group to other classroom and social settings.
  • Students demonstrate increased ability to build and maintain friendships.
  • Improved emotional well-being and reduced social anxiety.
Long-Term Outcomes
  • Students develop strong social-emotional skills that contribute to academic success and positive social relationships.
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence in navigating social situations throughout childhood and beyond.
  • Reduced risk of future social-emotional challenges and conflicts.
Assumptions
  • Students are motivated to learn and participate in the program.
  • Parents/guardians are supportive and involved in reinforcing skills at home.
  • Program environment is conducive to learning and social interaction.
Evaluation
  • Pre- and post-program intakes/assessments of social skills and emotional regulation.
  • Observation of student behavior in group and other settings.
  • Feedback from parents/guardians and teachers.
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