SOCIAL GROUP NEWSLETTER

Vol. 12 - May 2, 2016

What happened at the last S.O.A.R session!

Our group had a great time last week working as a team to defeat the brain box and playing fooseball!


I was really pleased with how well our group members supported each other during times of dysregulation last week. It's so impressive to see the kids be so supportive of each other and to see group members respond to and appreciate that support.


At book time, the group read a book titled Chester's Way. The kids and I took turns reading. The group was able to make a lot of social inferences from the story and did a great job with the book!


Just in case anyone needs an extra copy of our social story from a few weeks ago about competition I will continue to post a copy of the story below.

Our Next Session is this Friday May 6, 2016

What's new!

New Group Activity

This week we are welcoming a potential new group member Ella! The kids will continue playing Engineering Ants (back by popular demand:)). We will also read a social story at snack time about new friends and meeting new people.


There will be a few changes to the game this week. Typically, the ants (the kids) have to find creative ways to get around obstacles. To date, the obstacles in the game have been environmental, weather or disaster related (i.e volcanoes, piranhas, avalanches, etc.).


This week, some of the obstacles are going to be social obstacles! The kids will get some new materials to combat these new social obstacles. We will use visual representations of these skills (from Michelle Garcia Winner's program) and practice them in the game.


By using visuals and practicing these skills in a fun setting; your child is more likely to feel confident using these skills and remember the skills they have mastered in high pressure social settings.


We will also continue our work with A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control! and Movie Time Social Learning.

Group Goals

Long term goals


  1. Group members will demonstrate comprehension of self by stating at least one plausible or logical idea of what he/she might have been thinking each session.
  2. Group members will demonstrate comprehension of others by stating at least one plausible or logical idea of what another person might have been thinking each session.
  3. Group members will demonstrate comprehension of the "Group Plan" by correctly stating the group plan when given both verbal and visual cues.
  4. Group members will demonstrate comprehension of the "Group Plan" by correctly following the group plan when given both verbal and visual cues.



Short term goals - Mini Group A (Boys)



  1. Group members will maintain appropriate state of regulation while participating in a competitive activity.
  2. Group members will maintain appropriate social communication skills while participating in a competitive activity.
  3. Group members will verbalize emotional dysregulation and use compensatory strategies to adjust state of emotional regulation.
  4. Group members will use socially appropriate language when communicating feelings of disappointment or excitement in a competitive activity.



Short term goals - Mini Group B (Girls)


  1. Group members will disagree or suggest changes with regard to the group's activity using a socially appropriate responses.
  2. Group members will use compensatory strategies to maintain an appropriate level of emotional regulation.
  3. Group members will maintain appropriate social communication skills while participating in a competitive activity.
  4. Group members will use socially appropriate language when communicating feelings of disappointment or excitement in a competitive activity.

Our Next Session is this Friday May 6, 2016