SOCIAL GROUP NEWSLETTER

Vol. 4 - December 14, 2015

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

Our castle project is nearly finished! We all missed Miss Samantha this week and hope she is feeling better! The kids saved a her mini castle and we are all excited to see how it turns out.


While working on our castles, the group discussed what they liked about everyone's color choices with no cueing. They also helped each other mix different paint colors with no verbal cues. I think our finished project is really going to look great!


Snack time highs and lows were a success again. The group had a lot of highs this week! Everyone was very excited to talk about the fun week they had at school. It was wonderful to see the group start discussing common interests based on some of the highs mentioned. This is really wonderful progress. Especially since I provided minimal to no cues! Their conversation shifts are increasingly more organic, which is excellent!


I am so happy to see such consistent improvement! They are really working hard and doing a great job!

Our Next Session is this Friday December 18, 2015

What's new!

New Group Project

After speaking with the kids; I've decided our next group project will be learning how to play chess! I have a great chess set geared towards teaching younger players the rules. It is accompanied by a book that tells a story to help new players remember the way in which each piece moves. I feel this is going to be a great introduction to social skills work related to sportsmanship. Who knows, we may have a group of Bobby Fischers!


I'll use the next session to evaluate levels of prophecy related to sportsmanship. There will be a goal update next newsletter. I feel we are ready to move into some new, more complex social territory!


New Group Books and Activities

We will begin Movie Time Social Learning and A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control this week.


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 for the last time!! 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 18, 2015