Stable Connections offers group social skills classes for children ages 5-9 having challenges getting along with peers.
The occupational therapist will utilize a variety of approaches, including aspects of The Interoception Curriculum, The Alert Program, The Social Thinking Curriculum, & Collaborative Problem Solving. The class will feature:
Interoception skills: Growing the capacity for body awareness & tracking sensations.
Social skills: Building healthy relationships based in mutual trust and respect.
Developing recognition of subtle body language within yourself and others.
Self-regulation skills: tolerating and managing difficult emotions, learning to negotiate & share ressources.
Physical challenges, including “gymnastics on horseback.”
Role playing to learn specific skills for problem solving.
A positive atmosphere, teaching participants to look for the positive and care for one another
One horse shared among the group. Participants will have some time on the back of the horse, but riding skills will not be taught.
The group will be co-led by an occupational therapist and speech & language pathologist and involve a professional horse handler, and specially-trained volunteers.