Upper Elementary ages 8-11

The Upper Elementary Social Skills Group is for children ages 8-11 years old.

The Upper Elementary Group is an opportunity for children who have understanding and functional use of the Social Thinking curriculum, and are moving toward independence in those skills. We use the Think Social! curriculum. Skill building is focused on:

  • Increase independence in novel social situations in a structured environment
  • Gross motor play opportunities
  • Flexibility in group thinking

The Zones of Regulation is a systematic cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing the different ways we feel and states of alertness into four concrete zones. The Upper Elementary group focuses on:

  • Accurately identifying emotions, states of arousal, and zones for self and others
  • Big Deal vs. Little Deal
  • Zone triggers and beginning strategies and tools

What do we do?

  • Group free time
  • Review previous lesson
  • Conversation Circle
  • Lesson of the Day
  • Break Time
  • Project or Board Game
  • Check-out

Progress Monitoring

  • Weekly data collection on individuals and groups
  • Two progress notes per quarter
  • Progress notes at the end of the quarter with future recommendation