Summer Groups 2015

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Summer Groups 2015

We are pleased to be offering the following summer groups.  Groups will begin at various times throughout the summer and will run for various lengths of time. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at (604) 771-2305 or email janine@westcoastspeech.com.  If your child is not a current client we will schedule you for a no charge intake consultation prior to placing your child in a group.  The class lengths will vary between 1 and 2 hours.  Classes require a MINIMUM of 2 clients to run.  Group rates are $90 per hour. 

Group Name
Day of Week
Dates
Time
Age
SLP
“r” 
Monday
June 29 - August 3
2:30-3:30
7+
Bosko
Social Language**
Tuesday
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18
10:00-11:00
14-16
Nicky
Social Language
Tuesday
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18
3:30-4:30
7-8
Nicky
Socially Savy  (2 hours)
Tuesday
July 7, 14, & August 4, 11, 18, 25
4:00-6:00
11-13
Janine
Social Language
Tuesday
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25
4:45-5:45
6-8
Grace
Braidy/ Social Language
Wednesday
July 8, 15, 22, & August 5, 12, 19
3:45-4:45
8-10
Peggy
Socially Savy  (2 hours)
Wednesday
July 8, 15, & August 5, 12, 19, 26
4:00-6:00
9-11
Janine
Social Hangout
Thursday
July 2 - August 6
10:00-11:00
9-11
Bosko
Social Hangout
Thursday
July 2 - August 6
11:30-12:30
11-13
Bosko
Social Hangout
Thursday
July 2 - August 6
1:00-2:00
13-15
Bosko
Social Language
Thursday
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20
4:00-5:00
14-16
Nicky
Social Language
Saturday
July 4, 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15
10:00-11:00
11-12
Nicky
Braidy
Friday
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug 7
3:00 - 4:00
6-8
Nicky

Social Language Groups  ( 1 hour, once a week)

Our social language groups are designed for children who have social communication delays. Goals and strategies are tailored to the children that we have registered in each group so that we can help them make the gains they need in their social communication skills.  It is very important to us that we have the right complement of children in each group.  To quote Michelle Garcia Winner (from her website) “Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions.”  Thus, our groups focus on teaching the children how to have success when they share space with people.

For our younger children and children who are new to social language groups,  the groups will focus on introducing the children to the social thinking concepts as designed by Michelle G. Winner, www.socialthinking.com. This will include concepts such as expected and unexpected behaviours, whole body listening, thinking with your eyes, body and brain in the group and working with a group plan.

For our children who have already been introduced to these foundational concepts, we will continue to reinforce their use of the above concepts and add new concepts.  We may also discuss some of the Unthinkables from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Superflex program.  For our new and younger clients, we may use some of the stories from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Incredible Flexible You series.

For our older children who are already familiar with basic social thinking concepts we may address perspective taking, inferencing, empathy, and building peer relationships while continuing to emphasize the core ideas of social communication. Again, the goals and strategies of each group will be developed based upon the skills of the participants.

Socially Savy  ( 2 hour classes)

New this year, our Socially Savy classes are geared towards our clients who are familiar with our foundational concepts and want to put them to use in a more social setting with children that they may or may not know.   Sharing space and working with the group plan will be the main emphasis.

These classes will be themed around hot topics such as Lego, Terraria, Toontastic, Boom Beach, Clash of Clans and Mine Craft.

“r” group ( 1 hour per week) 

Do you have trouble saying R words? Sign up for our camp this summer and work with cool computers and ultrasound to fix your R! Your child will be grouped together with other kids that fit the same age group. No more than 4 kids per group. Children must be typically developing, working on articulation only, no previous speech articulation work necessary. Ages 7+

Braidy

This is a weekly, one hour class that focuses on improving children’s oral language development through the use of Braidy, the Story Braid. Braidy helps link language development to literacy for children from preschool through 3rd Grade by providing a means to explicitly teach and model literate language, also known as Accountable Talk.   Braidy was designed to introduce narrative language development to children via visual, tactile and kinesthetic modalities.  In addition to working on the narrative language with the use of Braidy, significant focus will be put on improving social communication skills.  Techniques that were developed by Michelle Garcia Winner (www.socialthinking.com ) will also be used throughout this group.

** Emerging Social Communicators/ Expressive Language Group ** (Tuesday 10:00)

This is a weekly one hour class for teenagers with emerging verbal communication skills. This is an opportunity for the students to continue working on expanding their vocabulary and sentence structure and be able to interact with their peers at the same time. Social communication skills will also be a focus including working on greetings, asking/answering questions, turn-taking, following a group plan, and social referencing.

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