Does your child have difficulties socialising?

Is it affecting their well-being, education, and confidence to try new things?

We understand that social connection is important for all children. In fact, social-emotional development is the biggest predictor of school success in the early years and has a significant impact on overall well-being. Positive relationships with others allow children to develop a stronger sense of self-identity, self-confidence, and boundary-setting.

However, not all children are the same. Approximately 1 out of 6 children are neurodivergent, while others experience extreme shyness. These children may struggle to connect with their peers and require assistance in learning positive ways to interact. Social disconnection can lead to low mood, low self-esteem, and poor academic performance. Social programs offer children a unique opportunity to learn skills that will boost their social confidence and allow them to practise these skills in a group setting.

This program follows a neuro-affirming and strength-based approach that celebrates differences and encourages children to embrace their true selves!

HOW THE PROGRAM HELPS

The Social and Friendship Program has been developed by experts in neurodiversity and is facilitated by Madeleine Scott, an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who is passionate about improving the well-being and self-confidence of neurodivergent children.

This program aims to help children learn how to communicate, relate to, and connect with others. Through interactive sessions, children will have the opportunity to practise social engagement and develop friendships. Group members will learn effective communication through modelling, explicit instruction, engaging role plays, and interactive games.

It empowers children to:

  • Engage with others who share similar interests and experiences
  • Understand their strengths
  • Develop cooperative play and friendship skills
  • Gain an understanding of others’ perspectives
  • Foster adaptability and flexibility
  • Enhance everyday communication and conversation skills
  • Cultivate emotional awareness and regulation
HOW PARENTS ARE INVOLVED

Using a neuro-affirming framework, parents are trained alongside their child using evidence-based strategies rooted in attachment theory, emotion coaching, and cognitive behavioural therapy. This training helps parents support their children in developing and nurturing self-esteem and social confidence both at home and in the future.

  • This equips parents with knowledge and skills while fostering a greater understanding and connection with their child.
  • Additionally, parents have the opportunity to share and connect with other parents who have similar lived experiences.
Support your children in developing and nurturing self-esteem and social confidence, both at home and in the future.

Program Details

This program is designed for children aged 6-9 and their parents.

It is specifically tailored to help children who are facing challenges in socialising with others. This includes children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, or those who simply want to improve their social confidence.

If you observe that your child is avoiding social interactions, struggling to communicate with others, or finding it difficult to develop healthy friendships, this program is suitable for them.

Structure:

  • Child Sessions: Weekly 1-hour in-person group sessions (8 sessions total)
  • Parent Sessions: Fortnightly 1-hour online sessions with other parents (4 sessions total)

Session Outline

Program Facilitator

Madeleine Scott
Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Get in touch

To find out more about the program, please reach out to us directly using the contact links below.

We’re more than happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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