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Social Skills Through Service Learning

The Speech Garden Institute, Inc.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

Charlotte, NC

Social Skills Through Service Learning

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Connections Class   more info 4 Tickets Ended $180.00 $9.99
Explorers Class (4:45-6)   more info 6 Tickets Ended $270.00 $14.49

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SOCIAL SKILLS THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING

Service learning is a powerful approach to engage children in designing and implementing a community service project. By collaborating as a group, the children develop social communication skills to complete the four steps of the project (investigating, preparing, taking action, and reflection).   Academic and language skills are woven into this hands-on approach to an integrated learning experience.    

 

Classes are held at Dilworth United Methodist Church.

Mondays

Section 1 (Early Connections):  3:30-4:30 October 3, 10, 17, & 24

Section 2 (Explorers):  4:45-6:00 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, & Nov. 7

 

Who attends this class?

The SOCIAL SKILLS THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING CLASSAS are designed for children who attend a variety of educational settings including regular education, home schooling or self-contained language or cross-categorical classes. Many children are struggling in one or more of the following areas: writing, reading, language development, social skills, following directions, maintaining attention / focus, science, social studies. Children without known speech and language delays are welcome to attend.

 

Children must be able to participate in group tasks with minimal assistance. The Speech Garden reserves the right to exclude children after a trial basis (when a child consistently disturbs group or interferes with learning of others) and refund payments on a prorated amount.

 

Parents are welcome to stay and participate in each session with their child.  Alternatively, parents and siblings may drop off and return at dismissal.  There are places on and around the church campus to wait.  

 

How is this class structured?

Children will be grouped by grade/ability level into groups of between 4-6 children per class.  Each day will start with an activity that focuses on the social skill that is involved in cooperative learning. 

 

What class is appropriate for my child?

The Early Elementary Section (Early Connections) is designed for children with a reading level between 1st to 2nd grade.  Reading skills will involve sound-symbol association, beginning sight words, comprehension, and sound blending.  The Later Elementary Section is designed for children with a reading level of 3rd to 5th grade.  Reading skills involve fluency at the sentence level or beyond, later developing sound combinations, and comprehension at the short-chapter level.  While grade levels are an appropxiate guide, please feel free to contact the course teacher for specific questions.  See below.


What is the class schedule?

   EARLY ELEMENTARY SECTION   (4 weeks)   LATER ELEMENTARY SECTION (6 weeks)

Week 1: 

Song

Social Communication Skill of the Day activity (How can we help?)

Feelings chart introduction

Introduce two possibilities for service learning project

Decide on the project through voting

Reflection

Set a social communication goal to practice at home

Week 1:

Cooperative learning activity to focus on Social Communication Skill of the Day

Feelings chart introduction

Present 3 problems to the group

Investigate the problem with a friend

Present the problem to the group

Decode on which problem to work on in camp

  

 

 

Week 2: 

Song

Social Communication Skill of the Day activity (How do we work together?)

Review feelings chart

Investigate chosen project and write a letter to a person in charge asking how we can help

Reflection

Week 2:

Cooperative learning activity to focus on Social Communication Skill of the Day

Read a book about the chosen problem

Investigate

Write a letter to a person in charge to ask how we can help

Reflection

 

 

 

Week 3: 

Song

Social Communication Skill of the Day activity (How do we solve a problem together?)

Activity to prepare

Reflection

 

Week 3:

Cooperative learning / team building activity

Social Communication Skill of the Day role play

Read the return letter and vote to decide on one of the suggestions

Activity to investigate and being to prepare for the project

Reflection

 

Week 4:

Song

Social Communication Skill of the Day activity

Activity for taking action

Reflection

Celebration!

 

Week 4:

Cooperative learning to focus on the Social Communication Skill of the Day

Activity to Prepare and Take Action

Reflection

 

 

Week 5:

Cooperative learning activity to focus on Social Communication Skill of the Day

Activity to Take Action

Reflection

 

Week 6:

Cooperative learning activity to focus on Social Communication Skill of the Day

Reflection activity

Present reflection activity to family members and friends

 

 

 

What language skills might be addressed?

Social Language (Pragmatics):

             How to approach children to be included in a group

             How to interact in a group using turn taking in conversation, sharing and cooperating

             How to deal with differences

             How to manage conflict through problem solving

             Developing a ‘feeling’ vocabulary

             Eye contact

 

Language:

             Formulating sentences of increasing length and complexity

             Responding to concrete and abstract questions (who, what, where, when, how, why)

             Following directions

             Increasing vocabulary

             Retelling a narrative incorporating the story structure elements

             Attending to speakers and stories

             Connect information and events to personal experiences by sharing or commenting

             Speak clearly; articulation and fluency

 

Academic Skills:

             Being to visualize, represent and sequence an understanding of text

             Connect information or ideas in text to prior knowledge and experience

             Self-monitoring strategies through responding by commenting or questioning 

             Retell main idea and details

             Developing sight words

             Phonological awareness skills

             Reading at the word, sentence or discourse level

             Writing skills (sound/symbol association, word, sentences, or discourse level)

  

What strategies are taught?

Verbal / silent rehearsal

Visual imagery

Asking for clarification

Listening / attending strategies

Requesting assistance

Visual organizers

 

Who teaches your classes?

Gail Faithful, a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Special Education Teacher, has developed curriculum to integrate literacy, language and social skills while working in public and private schools in Illinois.  As a teacher in Communication Development programs, she developed specialization in the areas of language-learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and social communication.  Gail has taught undergraduate courses in special education, as well as presenting a variety of parent and professional workshops.   

 

How do newly-learned skills transfer to other settings?

Following each session, parents are given written details on each lesson and activity of the session.  Homework activities will be available to facilitate generalization of social communication and literacy skills. 

 

Questions?

Contact the teaching SLP, Gail Faithful at gailgetz@speechgarden.org.

Have questions about Social Skills Through Service Learning? Contact The Speech Garden Institute, Inc.

When & Where



Dilworth United Methodist Church
605 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM (EDT)


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