Each daily session will follow the same schedule:
- Morning Meeting (10 min)
- Skillstreaming (20 min)
- Interactive Activity 1 (20 min)
- Break (5 min)
- Interactive Activity 2 (20 min)
- End of Group Discussion (7-8 min)
- Reinforcement & Departures (7-8 min)
Morning Meetings will provide children/adolescents with an opportunity to review previous days’ skills, share instances of utilizing the skills at home, and earn reinforcement and awards for success within the program. Our morning meeting will also be an opportunity to celebrate our daily fun-filled themes.
Skillstreaming sessions are where we will introduce our “Skill of the Day” (“S.O.D.”). Children will be reinforced for demonstrating the “S.O.D.” or “Prior S.O.D.” throughout the program. Parents/caregivers will be encouraged to reinforce demonstration of the “S.O.D.” outside of the program.
Interactive Activities are interactive, social-cooperative activities, specifically designed to create opportunities to demonstrate and practice our “S.O.D” or “Prior S.O.D”. A variety of engaging modalities will be used to encourage participation.
End of Group Discussion is an opportunity for children to reflect on what went well and to think-ahead as to ways to utilize the “S.O.D.” prior to our next session.
Breaks and Reinforcement will be provided given our strong desire to keep kids engaged and to celebrate their effort and progress. End of session reinforcement is to be earned. Children who have not earned their end of session reinforcement will participate in a brief problem-solving discussion.
Every group will have a primary virtual group room within Microsoft Teams for Education. The primary room will be the location for group-based discussions, Skillstreaming sessions, and whole group interactive activities. Each group will also have a secondary room within Microsoft Teams, for smaller group activities, problem-solving discussions, and deescalation, if needed. Microsoft Teams also provides a platform to share materials or documents that may be needed for some of the interactive activities.
Behavioral Point System: Our behavioral model is based on positive reinforcement. Prior to each activity, your child’s counselor will review activity rules. Throughout each session, counselors will provide immediate and continual feedback by awarding points for adherence to the rules and demonstration of positive prosocial skills (i.e., S.O.D and Prior S.O.D.s). Points will be removed for failing to adhere to rules or for demonstrating socially inappropriate behaviors. All behaviors/points are tracked and viewable in Class DOJO. Parents/caregivers will receive (via Class DOJO) a daily summary outlining their child’s success. Based on success children may earn end of program day rewards and home-based rewards. Furthermore, children will receive additional reinforcement at the end of each week with virtual “Fun Friday” activities.
Individualized Behavior Targets: While the behavioral model is group-based, each child will be issued individualized goals to achieve. Individualized goals will be written in a manner to increase postive behaviors (e.g., participating, demonstrating friendship skills, adhering to rules, focusing). Additional points, along with in-session and out-of-session reinforcement, will be provided for achieving each goal. Behavioral shaping, that is expecting gradual improvement, will be utilized to set achievable goals and to encourage progress.
Sit outs and Individualized Behavior Plans: While we expect children will be engaged by the activities, they will enjoy the positive reinforcing nature of the staff, and they will be motivated by the behavioral system, there may still be times that children struggle behaviorally or emotionally. Staff are trained to support children through these moments. When these behavioral instances occur, if they are disruptive to the group or require additional time and attention, the child’s counselor may move the child to a secondary virtual room for a brief sit out or to work one-on-one to get back on track. Should a child’s behavior remain escalated in a manner that requires prolonged attention and support, parents/caregivers will be called in order to provide assistance. Should challenges persist on a daily basis, consideration will be given to developing an individualized behavior plan to address concerns.
Weekly Parent Meetings
Using Go To Webinar, we will host weekly parent meetings to support the generalization of the skills your child has learned during the week. These sessions will be live but will also be recorded for later viewing. The sessions will be posted on our website.