The acquisition of social skills is important for any student’s success in school and beyond. Under the guidance of our school clinician, students attend individual sessions and/or engage in interactive groups focusing on skills for social development. The transfer and generalization of these skills to other environments is emphasized in order to foster independent problem solving and well-developed social relationships.
The school clinician also consults with teachers, as well as various groups, in the development of learning and reinforcement strategies tailored to individual student needs. Cooperation between teacher and school clinician becomes especially important as our curriculum accommodates specific needs – whether they are language-based disabilities, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), or executive functioning difficulties. If needed, recommendations may be made to parents regarding external interventions.
Finally, as secondary school placement approaches, the school clinician and the team assist all graduating students and their families in choosing the high school program that best builds upon the skills acquired at the Day School. Additionally, we help students prepare emotionally for the academic and physical changes this transition will bring.