Setting the Stage for Success – Spring 2023
DEVELOPING SOCIAL-COGNITIVE SKILLS THROUGH ACTING, DRAMA, AND IMPROV
For children ages 11-14 years
Setting the Stage For Social Success is a program focused on the development of social-cognitive skills through the use of drama and theater arts games and activities. The club will focus on developing foundational social skills, such as establishing and maintaining friendships, recognizing and coping with emotions, dealing with changes in routine, as well as understanding non-verbal and non-literal language. Having well developed social-cognitive skills help children organize and synthesize their learning, establish meaningful friendships, carry out executive functioning tasks, as well as determine the appropriate ways to act across multiple environments. Acting is about reading and portraying emotions by using your voice and non-verbal communication. It involves acting and reacting, developing relationships with other actors, and interpreting the language of a script. Acting skills can help club members’ develop the perspective-taking skills that will allow them to successfully interact with friends and coworkers.
- Understanding the qualities that make for a good friendship and having opportunities to practice them.
- Initiating and maintaining a conversation around a shared topic.
- Understanding non-literal language (puns, idioms, similes, and figures of speech).
- Learning how to join a group activity already taking place.
- Learning tools for resolving conflict.
- Taking and understanding the perspectives of others
When: Mondays, January 9th – May 22nd
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Total Cost: $1800
Children are expected to attend every session (barring illness), as the sessions build on each other and group dynamics are an important component. You will not be reimbursed for missed sessions. If you have any questions about the new Emerge Clubs changes or payment options, please refer to our FAQ!
If your child is not attending therapy sessions at Emerge, we will be in touch with you to set up a brief free screening to determine if this program is a good match for your child.