The playground can be really hard work for some children so at Playground Skills school holiday programme, children learn and practise strategies for how to be more successful with making and keeping friends. We develop a group programme based on the individual needs of your child. Typically, parents request focus on greetings, joining in, having a go, following the rules of a game, starting and continuing conversations, understanding and communicating feelings (such as anxiety and anger), persevering with games and friends, winning and losing in competitive activities, problem solving or unstructured play. This programme is a fun opportunity for children to learn and practice social interactions in a safe environment. Our clinicians teach cognitive strategies through role play and dynamic games. A ‘just right’ challenge and loads of enjoyment!! Children are given a portfolio of strategies to take home to you or to their school teacher so they can keep practising with siblings and peers. We run this camp every school holidays in a local school.
At the programme, children have fun, learn through participation, experience opportunity to practice different and more effective social interactions, and explore strategies for knowing how to:
- play in the playground
- make friends
- keep friends
- greet others
- join in
- have a go
- follow the rules of a game
- initiate and engage in conversation
- be aware of others’ feelings
- recognise and respond to social cues
- understand and communicate feelings in safe and calm ways
- be confident
- cope with winning and losing
- problem solve
- be resilient
The group programme is developed in response to a parent questionnaire which communicates the specific needs of individual children.
Playground Skills camp is available every January, April, July and September school holidays, dependent on sufficient numbers.
Please call us on on 02 4739 0267 if you would like further information.
We are registered to provide rebates through health funds and Medicare. We also deliver services under HCWA, BSI and NDIS.