Social Skills Programs

Let’s Pretend for ages 3-5 (9:45-10:30)

Class works on developing play and social skills including pretend, sharing, compromise, social language using coordinated play, role play, and other techniques. Children practice specific social skills through play and participation with peers and mentors. Parents hear skills to target out of class with suggested strategies.

Location: Springfield Chisholm Center, 100 S. Springfield Ave, Springfield NJ

Spring Session: 

Saturdays, April 27 – June 15
7 week session
Classes 45 minutes per week


Let’s Talk Pragmatics for ages 6-10 (10:30-11:15 or 11:15-12:00 noon)

In this class, we specifically target languages skills we use in our daily interactions with others. They include what we say, how we say it, our body language and whether it is appropriate to the given situation. We will build skills in communicating our personal thoughts, ideas and feelings. Through activities such as role playing, social stories, partner activities, games, and conversation building activities, we will work on increasing fluency of social language.

Location: Springfield Chisholm Center, 100 S. Springfield Ave, Springfield NJ

Spring Session: 

Saturdays, April 27 – June 15
7 week session
Classes 45 minutes per week


Digital Drama for ages 10-12 (5:30-6:15)

Class harnesses technology kids love to help teach life and social skills such as cooperation, compromise, conversation and safety skills as well as independence and appropriate behaviors in various activities. Children gain experience using computers for writing, planning and presenting mini-movies using Microsoft and Apple tools. Students will help select topics but examples could be how to be with peers at recess or lunch, going to a restaurant, visiting relatives, starting conversation.

Location: Springfield Chisholm Center, 100 S. Springfield Ave, Springfield NJ

Winter Session: 

Mondays, February 4 – April 1
No class on 2/18
Make up 4/8
8 week session
Classes 45 minutes per week

Spring Session:

Mondays, April 22 – June 10
No class on 5/27
Make up 6/17
7 week session
Classes 45 minutes per week

 

Teen Friendship for ages 13-18 (6:15-7:00)

A teen group that will meet and practice social skills in the natural environment. Teens participate in activities such as cooking, board/other games, learning new computer skills, pottery/art activities, movie and book reviews/discussions, creating mini-movies on flip cameras, and more group interest. Group also works on relationship building, conversation and expanding personal interests.

Location: Springfield Chisholm Center, 100 S. Springfield Ave, Springfield NJ

Winter Session: 

Mondays, January 28 – March 25
No class on 2/18
Make 4/1, 4/8
8 week session
Classes 45 minutes per week

Spring Session:

Mondays, April 22 – June 10
No class on 5/27
Make up 6/17
7 week session
Classes 45 minutes per week

EILEEN

Eileen O’Neill Beardsley is a certified special education andelementary education teacher, certified educational administrator, LPC-licensedcounselor, NCC-national board certified counselor, and Behavior Analyst.She has a Master’s degree in School Counseling and Behavior Analysis, Master’sdegree in Educational Leadership which included administrative certifications, andis completing her dissertation for her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.Currently, she is the Coordinator of Special Education in the Archdiocese ofNewark and is responsible for overseeing the initiative throughout our fourcounties in the Archdiocese working with the schools to increase the levels ofsupport that we can provide to students with special needs.  Eileen has been working with TRYCAN facilitatingmentor training programs, providing parent training and workshops, implementingprogram behavioral support, developing programs, and teaching social skillsclasses for the past 9 years.