Social Skills

We are excited to restart our Social Skill Groups and Life Skills Groups on a weekly basis.

The Social Skills curriculum is filled with lessons and activities to help the students understand body language, conversation skills, appropriate peer interaction, expressing our emotions, problem-solving, self-advocacy, conflict resolution and much more. The curriculum looks at helping our students understand themselves and what is expected in different environments. The Social Skills class will give students a better understanding of the concepts of social language.

During the Social Skills class, the students will learn how to work together and participate as a group. The class will be held two hours a week in a small group environment. The class will start with the students’ asking questions to each other and maintaining conversations.

Each lesson will be theme based. The students will have opportunities to apply their skills throughout their weekly sessions and should be practiced at home.

Age groups start at 7 years of age
Groups are from 7 years to 9 years
10 years to 12 years
13 years to 15 years
16 years to 18 years
19 years and older

Some of the topics covered include but are not limited to some of the following:

Greeting others
Body Language and what it tells others
Staying on Topic
Taking Turns
Asking for help appropriately
Saying sorry

Introduction to Life Skills

Age groups start for those 13+.
This group will run during the week from 4 to 5:45pm. The dates will be confirmed.

This introduction to Life Skills class for youth introduces key concepts so that students will develop skills within the classroom and the community. Students will be introduced to topics such as taking the TTC (Toronto Transit Commissions), Banking, Nutrition, and Volunteering in the Community. The main goal is for students to become an active part of the community. The classes will involve carefully designed outings that have been selected to teach community-based life skills.
The Life Skills class will teach the students to learn outside the classroom and in the community. There will be lessons, rehearsals, and worksheets in the classroom on each topic before going out into the community. A significant amount of time will be spent on learning how to take public transit as a class with the focus on becoming independent. The next section, we will discuss using an ATM and banking. The emphasis will be on money management and understanding the different aspects of banking. This will continue to teach the students how to increase their independence. The next section will focus on Nutrition and increasing the student’s skills within the kitchen. Finally, if permitted, the students will go into the community and volunteer with different agencies.