SOCIAL GROUP NEWSLETTER

Vol. 3 - December 7, 2015

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

The kids had another great session this week. They all increased in accuracy with regard to mini group goals and overall group goals.


Snack time highs and lows were a success. The group was able to brainstorm ways to work through some problems we talked about while discussing "lows" and discover some common interests while we talked about "highs"!


Everyone worked so well together while painting the castle. I was really impressed with group's ability to work together and maintain good social skills with decreased verbal cueing! There were several times my verbal cues were not necessary due to group members cueing each other independently, which is fantastic progress!

Our Next Session is this Friday December 11, 2015

What's new!

We are nearing the end of our castle project. The kids will each get a miniature castle to take home at the end of next session, if they are dry in time. If the castles need more time to dry, I will distribute them at the next group meet up.


New Group Project

I am in the process of selecting our next group project. Since the holidays are approaching, we may try our hand at gingerbread house construction. I plan to ask the kids next session. If everyone is in agreement we will be constructing a gingerbread house using Trader Joe's Gingerbread House Kit.


Please let me know if I need to be aware of any food allergies with regard to our upcoming project. Please review the ingredients in the picture below this section and let me know if there's anything that could pose a problem.


New Group Books and Activities

We will finish reading You are a Social Detective! at our session this Friday and will begin Movie Time Social Learning and A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control.


Movie Time Social Learning incorporates the concepts, vocabulary, and strategies that are at the heart of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking framework. Each chapter is paired with a movie clip. Each clip presents ideas and suggestions for social tasks (i.e. Spy Eye, Detective Head, and Me Too!). These tasks help students develop their abilities to identify context, take perspective and make personal connections.


A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control is an activity used to help students who experience periods of feeling anxious cope with their stress by systematizing social and emotional information.


I am really looking forward to seeing more fantastic group progress as we work through future lessons.

Upcoming Session Materials & Clothing

This session we will be using paint pens and/or craft paint and brushes to paint our castle!! Social group members are advised to dress in play/painting clothes:)

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 are able to point out when his/her body is in the group given verbal and or visual prompts.
  2. Group members are able to determine times when another group member is not following the group plan and use a socially appropriate statement prompting that group member to rejoin the group while continuing to participate in the group activity with moderate cues.
  3. Group members are able to point out when a group member's body is in the group given verbal and or visual prompts.



Short term goals - Mini Group B (Girls)


  1. Group members are able to identify times when his, her, or a group members' body is a comfortable distance from others in the group given both verbal and visual cues.
  2. Group members are able to identify times when another group member's body is an uncomfortable distance from others group members or self and provide socially appropriate feedback that helps that group member determine an appropriate distance given both verbal and visual cues.
  3. Group members are able to identify times his/her body is an uncomfortable distance from others and self correct his/her body proximity to an appropriate distance in the group given both verbal and visual cues.

Our Next Session is this Friday December 11, 2015