Pre-Teen and Teen social skill development programs
The Oakstone Challenge (TOC): Summer Social Skills Program
CCDE recognized the importance of intervening in the lives of pre teens and adolescents with ASD to assist them in the development of social skills and social competence. This program, developed by Dr. Morrison and Dr. Blackburn, is a “multi-dimensional approach implemented systematically and within natural social contexts. The primary mechanism of change utilized by TOC is self-monitoring and community building.” (Morrison & Blackburn, 2008)
Take the Challenge: Building Social Competency in Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome
- The Oakstone Challenge for Grades 4-6
- Pre-teens participate in a five week program that teaches them to use self-monitoring as a self-management technique. Pre-teens are exposed to group challenges, volunteer jobs in the center, and the concept of community service.
- The focus of this program is to: increase self awareness and self management, recognize social expectations and norms, and acquire and practice social skills in a variety of activities.
- The Oakstone Challenge for Grades 7-12
- Teens participate in a structured five week program that incorporates self-monitoring across community contexts such as group challenges, community service projects, and volunteer jobs.
- The focus of this program is to promote self management and the acquisition of social skills needed for social competency.
CCDE offers the opportunity for teens to get involved with other teens with similar interests. Social clubs are interest specific but emphasize self management and social skill acquisition. Social clubs provide fun and enriching opportunities to interact with same age peers while an adult is present to facilitate and mediate social interaction among the group.
- Fitness Club: This activity introduces teens to basic fitness and exercise routines.
- Print Publications Club: This activity teaches teens about different printing and publishing skills. The club will consist of topics from journalism and yearbook to newspaper. It will coexist with the journalism and yearbook classes which are offered as electives during the school year.
- Game Club: In this club teens have the opportunity to learn and play different games such as chess, cards and board games while working on their team-building skills.
- Multi-sports Club: Teens who participate in this club will be introduced to the rules and skills needed to play a variety of sports.
- Science Club: This club will enrich the extensive science curriculum for teens who want a more in-depth look at the world of science.