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SOCIAL SKILLS CLASSES                                  Click here to sign up for our newsletter!


Overview of Courses Offered
The "Making Friends" Social Skills Class is an seven to nine week social skills training program for children and teens with PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning autism, ADHD/ADD, sensory integration disorder and other learning disabilities.  This is a fun and interactive class your child will LOVE, and you will love the progress you will see in your child!

The curriculum is adapted from the teachings of Michelle Garcia Winner, Scott Bellini, Carol Gray, Jed Baker, and others.  Lessons focus on helping children understand their own thoughts, emotions and intentions as well as those of others around them.  Children are grouped by age as well as skill level.  Curriculum is customized so that children who continue in the program for multiple sessions learn increasingly advanced skills.

While the classes are fun and activity-based, this is more than a social skills play group.  Classes are structured to engage students in learning practical skills and techniques which they can use in everyday life.  Parents are kept apprised of new learnings and "key phrases" which they can use to help their children translate classroom success to the real word.  Flexibility is an important foundation of the curriculum, and weekly "flexible challenges" ensure that students practice newly acquired skills in the home, school and community environments.

Scroll down below for the latest course schedule.

K through 5th Grade Curriculum
Children K through 5th Grade will learn:

  • Conversational skills
  • Joining In
  • Play skills
  • Flexibility
  • Compromise
  • Cooperation
  • Teamwork
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Reading Social Cues
  • Problems and Solutions
  • Friendship Development

Middle School Curriculum

For middle school students, classes are geared toward helping pre-teens/teenagers understand and strengthen their social skills to achieve a level of social comfort and success.  Students will gain a better understanding of themselves and their emotions as well as the emotions and responses of other people.  By learning how the social world works, students will be better able to succeed in the social arena.

 

Your pre-teen/teenager will learn:

  • Increasing self awareness and improving self esteem, Positive self-talk
  • Friendship equations and The Unwritten Rules of Life
  • Increasing skills in body language (faces, bodies, hands, distance)
  • Conversational skills
  • Friendship skills (being nice, trust, responsibility, arguments, peer pressure, jealousy)
  • Improving assertiveness skills (expressing feelings, making suggestions, disagreeing, apologizing)

 

Enrollment Information

  • Grade levels K through Middle School
  • Small group sizes
  • 1 hour class format
  • Parent education is a key component of the program.
  • Parents will receive a weekly letter describing each session to reinforce social skills in the home and community.
  • Gift cards available.
  • Cash, checks, and all major credit cards accepted.


Total program cost for the one hour class format is $40*** per student per week.
  Payments may be made in 2 installments as follows:

  • A deposit of 50% of the session fee is required to reserve a spot for your child.
  • The balance of the payment is due on the day of the 5th class.

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Please call (520) 209-2501 to register.  Please register early as class sizes are limited.


Class Schedule and Locations
 

Fall 2014 "Making Friends" Session 2 Now Registering!



East Location
Tucson Country Day School
9239 E. Wrightstown Rd
Tucson, AZ

North Location        
Cornerstone Christian Academy 
6450 N. Camino Miraval 
Tucson, AZ   

Click one of the following links to download an application:


     Fall 2014 Session 2 Monday Making Friends Application (East Location)

     Fall 2014 Session 2 Wednesday Making Friends Application (North Location)

Fall 2014 Session 2 East Location Classes start Monday, October 20th and end Monday, December 15th. This will be a 9-week session. 

Fall 2014 Session 2 North Location Classes start Wednesday, October 22nd and end Wednesday, December 17th.  This will be an 8-week session.