Social Communication Group

This dynamic neuroaffirming group is developed and led by a Speech-Language Pathologist. It gives grades 5-10 students the opportunity to practice social skills, emotional and personal development, and build friendships.

Who

This group is for neurodivergent students building upon their social communication skills. SCG is for students in grades 5-7 and grades 8-10.

Where

Social Communication Group (SCG) take place at our East Vancouver Centre.

When

SCG meets Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:20pm. See below for further details.

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Program Details

Many neurodivergent students spend a lot of energy at school and in extracurricular activities trying to behave like their neurotypical peers. They don’t always have opportunities to experience social groups where it is safe to be themselves. This neuroaffirming group promotes social, emotional and personal development and helps students practice their communication skills. In this group, difference is respected, and students have fun practicing their social skills and making friends.

In Social Communication Group (SCG), your child participates in enjoyable social activities and structured programming to help them develop the following skills:

  • Inferencing (understanding what is being said or implied)
  • Initiating and sustaining conversations with peers
  • Resolving peer conflicts and repairing relationships
  • Initiating and sustaining friendships
  • Understanding and responding to jokes, teasing and sarcasm
  • Interpreting non-verbal communication and body language

Experienced staff guide youth as they develop and practice their skills in a group of no more than 10 students.

This group is shaped by a neuroaffirming approach. We acknowledge, support, accept, and discuss our differences. Due to this, students who are not aware of their diagnoses are not a suitable fit for this program. Students need to feel comfortable hearing discussions about various learning differences.

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Schedule

The next start date for SCG is April 9. At that time, one cohort for grades 5-7 students will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:20pm to May 21 at our East Vancouver Learning Centre. 

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Thank you to our supporters who contribute to making our programming accessible for families in need. If you would like to contribute to our bursary fund to ensure all students have access to the educational support they deserve, please consider making a monthly or one-time donation.

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Thank you to our donors

Our donors play a vital role in sustaining our programming. We are so grateful for their continued support of children and youth in our community with learning differences.