Friends Play Group:
Since 2008 Friends Play Group has been taught in the San Francisco Bay Area as a program of the San Carlos Children's Theater.
Friends Play Group is designed for children with mild social delays. Using drama and theater activities, the play groups focus on these primary areas:
* Social Interaction
* Anger Management & Perspective Training
* Rejection & Problem Solving
* Repetitive Behaviors
* Social Skills & Communication
* Emotions & Body Language
* Self-advocacy; dealing with a bully
* Making and maintaining friendships
* Helping others
Some children have difficulty understanding the thoughts and feelings of others. This can make everyday social situations stressful and uncomfortable. To teach children basic social skills, FPG and Team Friend uses drama, pretend play and imagination with both auditory information and visual aids including props & costumes, to help make verbal concepts more concrete.
Using video images of the children themselves is what makes Friends Play Groups particularly unique. Students are given an initial instruction or a skill, usually through a short skit that they then act out. The skill is role played, or acted, with the instructor or other students. Corrective feedback and praise is given as the skill is reviewed. Watching themselves on video performing the skill allows children the ability to re-learn and practice the skill. After repeated practice in appropriate situations, along with viewing the DVD, the goal is that the child will generalize the skill in his or her everyday life.
FPG uses positive reinforcement to demonstrate why it is important for the student to engage in these new skills. They will begin to understand perceptions, thoughts and feelings. Soon the student will begin to understand that the reason why they are learning these skills is because it makes the people they meet happy to play with them.
To learn how to register your child for a Friends Play Group session, please click here!