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New Social Skills Program for Children is Fun and Helps Build Self-confidence

New Social Skills Program for Children is Fun and Helps Build Self-confidence
Does your child play well with others?  Or understand taking turns?  Does he prefer playing all alone? Or does she push others out of the way?  
 
For some children the information received from their senses becomes a barrier to interacting typically with others. This atypical processing of sensations in their brains often results in odd behaviors, difficulty with social interactions, emotion regulation, and/or motor performance. This is often called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and one in every twenty children has sensory issues that impede their daily functioning, socialization and learning.  
 
STAR Center, a Colorado nonprofit, is the premier treatment center for children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and other sensory issues associated with other conditions such as ADHD, autism, and a wide variety of additional developmental disorders. They are internationally renowned for helping children and families learn to understand and manage their behaviors. Using play as the basis, the staff’s expertise helps children learn social skills and improve interactions with others.
 
The program is open to all children. You need not have been a client of STAR Center to participate. The goals of the program are to: 
  • Expand social language skills
  • Increase ability to initiate social interactions
  • Improve social awareness
  • Provide structured/ facilitated activities with other children
  • Incorporate small group, sensory-based activities
Social skills lessons are taught within the context of games and play while meeting a child’s individual sensory needs. These positive experiences are foundational building blocks for a child’s social development. Children will increase their confidence by experiencing success in social settings and they build foundational social interaction skills that children need in order to develop meaningful and positive relationships with their peers.
 
Children work on self regulation skills via:
  •  Fun sensory-based activities will help keep the child more regulated in social contexts
  • Children will start learning self regulation techniques by becoming more aware of their own sensory and emotional needs
  • Learn to use an alertness chart
  • Emotional regulation: Within a natural setting children are likely to encounter challenging situations. As these arise children can learn and implement alternative strategies in real time with the support of a therapist.
 
The summer program schedule runs June 15–26 for ages 4-6, and July 13-24 for ages 7-10, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Call 303-221-7827 for more information. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.
Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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