Social Skills Younger (SSY/KOALA) Program:
The Koala Class is designed for children who have developmental delays but have the prerequisite skills to begin to transition in a group setting to prepare them to successfully attend a PPCD, special education or mainstream class depending on the child’s cognitive, social and behavioral skills. The classroom set-up is modeled to simulate a Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom. The objective of this social skills class will focus on group transitions, following group directions, answering social questions, maintaining behavioral control in group settings, completing tasks independently, asking for assistance, appropriate peer play, turn taking and conversational skills. Children will also be exposed to basic reading and math concepts as well as social skills to foster positive peer relationships. The success of transitioning into less restrictive settings is based on the child’s ability to understand the social and behavioral expectations. These expectations are directly addressed in this class setting to provide the required skills to be successful in the school setting.