Who can participate?
All children are welcome to participate in a "Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox" or "What's the Buzz?" social skills program.
- School aged children (between the ages of 4 and 15) experiencing difficulties in social interaction can be referred
- While safety and enjoyment for all participants is a priority, Madhavi will endeavor to include all referrals where appropriate. If the child is unable to participate fully within the program, Madhavi will work with the child and their family to reach the best possible outcome.
- Madhavi will take the following into consideration when enrolling a student:
- Is the child receptive to learning as part of a group?
For some children individual social skills training is essential before they can benefit from learning in a group. These students are still developing the skills needed to be able to learn while also managing the dynamics involved in being part of a group. Placing a student in a group that does not have the skills to cope can compromise the child's chances of learning and can in some cases cause too much anxiety for the student. These students will be taken on a waiting list to see Madhavi on an individual basis. Following this and through careful collaboration with parents and/or other professionals, a group placement can be offered.
- Does the student have areas that are in more need of intervention than social skills training?
For some students it can be more beneficial to engage in other therapies such as Speech Pathology, Psychology or Occupational Therapy before they participate in a "Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox" or "What's the Buzz?" program. After difficulties in these areas are addressed these children are often much more receptive to learning social skills.
- Is the child doing too much already?
As a result of experiencing social, emotional and learning difficulties many students are already involved in several other therapies. Through careful discussion with parents, a decision can be made about whether or not participation in a social skills program is appropriate at this time.