Friendations offers social coaching for children from preschool (age 3) through 5th grade. Clients typically include children who struggle with social skills, peer interactions, conversation, appropriate behavior and emotional regulation.
What is social coaching? The easiest way to understand social coaching is to think of it as tutoring for social skills with additional support as the child practices the new skills. It would be like a math tutor who could teach the skills and then go to school to make sure your child does well on their test.
During social coaching, children receive support from a coach at whatever setting presents the greatest need. Common settings where we coach children include homes, preschool and child care centers, community locations and extra-curricular activities. Guided play dates are another method we use to coach children on appropriate social behaviors, peer interactions and conversation skills. Families are included in social coaching through session reviews, progress reports, trainings and coaching.
Clients work with a coach 1:1 to learn and practice skills before moving on to play dates and other social settings. Coaches working with children in preschools or other social settings will employ private pull out sessions to build up skills. Following an intake observation and assessment with the social worker, a program will be developed for each client based on family input and the needs identified during the assessment. Goals for children vary depending on the needs of the child but will be based on The 4 C’s: compliance with adults, conversations skills, control of self, and cooperation with peers.