BY AMY R. PARTRIDGE
"This program has been a life-saver for us. With a child on the spectrum who needs social interaction with other kids for the summer, this hits the mark."
With small groups and individualized attention, kids attending the Summer Fun Club get a chance to work on social skills like starting conversations, building friendships, sharing, and taking turns—while having fun, too. Typical kids activities with a social-skills twist (compliment kickball, for instance) help build social confidence in students with speech delays, Asperger’s, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as shy kids who just need an extra push. Owner and Scarsdale kindergarten teacher Susan Hendler works with parents to customize the program so each child is working on the specific skills they need.
Ages: Children in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade Dates: July 6 to Aug 14 (M-F, 9 am-noon; noon-1 pm; Fees: $105, Lunch Bunch $35 Transportation: No
*quote - Mom of Natalie, 6, New Rochelle
(WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE, MARCH 2014)
INTENSIVE CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS; FRIENDSHIP SKILLS; BULLYING; TEASING; SHARING; TURN-TAKING AND SO ON, THROUGH ARTS & CRAFTS; INDOOR & OUTDOOR GAMES; BOARD GAMES IN A NON-COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT. CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUR TRAINED SK TEACHERS.WITHIN THE 3 HOURS CLASSES INCLUDE OUR SOCIABLE KIDZ CLASS; BOARD GAME CLASS; EXPRESSIVE ART CLASS & TABLE TENNIS CLASS.
(Enrollment limited to 12 children only per class.)
Through social skills activities and games we will role-play different social situations to practice social skills. We will take everyday "school" situations and bring them to life. For example, we will go outside and pretend one child is the last one picked on the team. We will teach the kids what to say or do if he or she is the last one picked. By meeting with the children everyday, we will be able to get to know them and train them to use their social skills appropriately.
Sign up for our LUNCH BUNCH CLASS. We will have lunch with your child (send a bag lunch for your child) and we will practice school cafeteria skills as well as role-play conversations with your child while eating lunch.
"Choosing the Sociable Kidz Summer Fun Club was the best choice I could have made for my son! Not only does he love going to camp everyday, but for the first time in all his "schooling", I don't worry about him after I drop him off. As soon as we arrive each morning, we are greeted by one of the caring, talented teachers and my son is swept right into a day full of games, stories, arts and crafts, and and so much more. He is having such a great time with these activities that he hardly notices the "social" lessons that are woven into each project. From the structure and routine to the individualized plans and incentives, my son has greatly benefited from his time at the Summer Fun Club. In fact, after completing the first session, I was so impressed with how much improvement I saw in my son's social behaviors, as well as with how proud, confident, and successful he felt about himself, I quickly signed him up for the second session too. The program Sociable Kidz offers is unbeatable...like I said, the best choice I could have made!"
By Wendy of Scarsdale, New York
From a parent perspective...
"We were looking for a summer activity for our daughter and heard about Summer Fun Club by Sociable Kidz . Immediately, we thought that it was a great idea. Essentially, Summer Fun Club is the same Sociable Kidz we have grown to love except during the summer daily for longer. It was a life saver for us this summer since our daughter was not at all prepared for a traditional summer camp program. This program provided a small group of 6 kids in her class, all with similar interests and limitations. They all learned and played together. I believe this environment gave them the added confidence that they needed. Our daughter was so excited every morning to be going to what she coined as “mini camp”. For us, Summer Fun Club was like camp with training wheels. Everyday our daughter learned a new skill; conversation, friendship, bullying, turn taking. All these skills were reinforced with craft projects and both indoor and outdoor games. We were so lucky to have this over the summer and consider it a complete success.
We look forward to next year’s Summer Fun Club!!"
Neil-New Rochelle, New York
Call for more information (914) 502-3295