What We Offer

  • Socially Speaking offers support for students who have challenges in the following areas:

    Social Interaction Skills

    • Making and maintaining friendships
    • Conversational skills
    • Self-Awareness
    • Reading body language and emotions of others
    • Monitoring their behaviour and language according to the situation they are in
    • Being a good sport e.g. coping when they lose
    • Working with others in a group
    • Individual self-regulation e.g. keeping calm and reacting in ways that are appropriate and at the correct intensity for the situation

    Sensory Processing

    This considers how the brain receive information from the senses, organises this information and decides what to do about it and how to respond. 

    Socially Speaking supports sensory processing and regulation with those who struggle with:

    • Sitting/standing still or too close, walking over objects and tending to be clumsy
    • Touching everything in sight
    • Finding unexpected or loud noises difficult
    • Chewing things
    • Being over sensitive to touch
    • Organising themselves
    • Thinking before acting
    • Getting easily distracted

    Executive Functioning

    Executive function is like the CEO of the brain. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organising, problem solving paying attention and to manage time.

    • Working memory (being able to listen and hold information in their head and manipulate that information)
    • Time management
    • Starting, maintaining and completing tasks
    • Prioritisation
    • Organisation
    • Paying attention
    • Keeping track of more than one thing at a time

    Oral Language

    • Developing vocabulary i.e. the ability to use language to categorise, describe, define, compare and contrast
    • Developing comprehension of oral language
    • Giving/following instructions
    • Developing listening and attention skills
    • Targeting of specific articulation skills

    Social Thinking

    Our ability to develop social skills encompasses far more than our ability to participate in conversations and to play alongside others. Social thinking is the thought that is behind our social interactions and teaches us how to figure out what other people may be thinking and feeling.   Children and young people are taught to observe and think about their own and others’ thoughts and feelings. They also learn the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

    The idea is that we need to social “thinking” before we can use social “skills.” The focus on thinking can build skills to lead to better social interactions.. When we use “social thinking” we use the expected behaviour for a situation, which then makes others around us feel comfortable.

    Learn more at www.socialthinking.com

    The Alert Programme

    The Alert programme provides a way for parents, teachers and children to understand themselves at a very basic level. It assists children to understand their internal readiness to perform different activities during the day such as work, play, listen, attend etc, and provides strategies to help children change their internal state through sensory means. This strategy can also be adapted to incorporate cognitive and physiological strategies – eg changing thoughts, exercise, etc.

    The concept of “How does my engine run” is used in this programme, which can be adapted to be meaningful for each child. Children learn to identify how their engine is running on a high/just right/low chart, and experiment with different strategies that help their ‘engine’ to be just right. The programme develops the use of emotion words, but starts with working out engine speeds on a basic level. Depending on the child and the needs, sensori-motor, cognitive and communication strategies can be incorporated into this programme, but the initial focus is on developing a set of sensori-motor strategies to help feel ‘just right’.