January 15, 2013
CHILDREN DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS WITH GROUP ACTIVITIES
Confident Kid Club offers social skills development for Pelham children in a group setting. The program is for kids who are anxious, shy, have low self-esteem, and other issues. Confident Kid Club also offers teacher workshops, private special education itinerant teacher work, and consultations for teachers and schools.
Carmella Crowley and Katharine Page, who each have master’s degrees in special education and 20 years of teaching experience, recently opened Confident Kid Club, a social skills development program for children ages 3-8. The program targets children who have various social challenges, including shyness, social anxiety, low self-esteem, and difficulty in joining group play, as well as those who misread social cues and have a hard time making and maintaining friendships. Children are taught in groups of eight through age appropriate activities that incorporate art, music, movement, and collaborative games in a multi-sensory facility.
Their decision to open Confident Kid Club stemmed from their own experiences. “One of my children had some social challenges. It was really rattling for me as a parent. There wasn’t a lot of support. You can get them services through the town for speech, OT, and PT, but that piece of social skills is missing,” Crowley says. “[Page] was looking for a social skills group for her oldest, and she had to go to White Plains, almost a 30-minute ride, to find a group that could support his needs.
Crowley and Page also recently started Confident Girls in a Pelham elementary school. This program is for social girls who are “just learning how to navigate the demanding and challenging social avenues in elementary school,” Crowley says. The program addresses bullying and cliques and builds self-confidence.
Confident Kid Club also offers teacher workshops, private special education itinerant teacher work, and consultations for teachers and schools.
~ Katelin Walling