Social Skills Programs

Summer Session
Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; and August 7, 14
$140 per participant

Let’s Pretend for ages 3-6 
3:00-4:00 PM

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.

Let’s Talk Pragmatics for ages 7-10 
4:00-5:00 PM

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.

Digital Drama for ages 10-15
5:00-6:00 PM

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.


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.