Social Skills Training Programme Promoting Positive Behaviours and Improving Friendship Skills

Purpose:

Good social skills are important to successful functioning in life. These skills enable us to know what to say, how to make good choices, how to problem-solve challenges and how to behave in diverse situations. The extent to which children and adolescents possess good social skills can influence their academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities.

Objective:

The current programme is targeted at primary school-aged children who had been identified to have ADHD, conduct problems, difficulties in socialization and communication, as well as internalizing problems. This structured programme aims to equip children with effective social skills by facilitating learning though normal activities, building peer support and friendship bonds within group, and to allow a safe and controlled environment for the practice of interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. 

Topics Covered:

While there are hundreds of important social skills for children to learn, we can organize them into skill areas to make it easier to identify and determine appropriate interventions. The following topics will be covered:

  1. Classroom survival skills – How to be successful in the classroom by displaying good listening skills, following instructions, understanding rules and routines, contributing to discussions, asking for help and offering help.
     
  2. Friendship-making skills – Learning how to make new friends and to maintain supportive friendships through having effective conversation skills, playing in a game, giving a compliment, accepting a compliment, sharing and acknowledging mistakes.
     
  3. Skills for dealing with feelings – Raising awareness of feelings through knowing our feelings, expressing our feelings, recognizing another’s feelings, showing concern for others, dealing with own anger, dealing with another’s anger and expressing affection for our loved ones.
     
  4. Skills for dealing with anger – To gain skill alternatives to aggression and tantrums through using self-control, responding to teasing, avoiding trouble, dealing with an accusation, accepting consequences and negotiation.
     
  5. Skills for dealing with stress – To equip with effective coping strategies in dealing with boredom, making a complaint, dealing with losing, dealing with being left-out, dealing with embarrassment, accepting rejection and learning how to say no in an assertive manner. 
     
  6. Problem-solving strategies – To be able to generalize the above-taught skills in daily life through brainstorming strategies in overcoming challenges and learning how to make effective problem-solving decisions. The purpose of this session is to have the group brainstorm through various daily challenges in school and at home, and to generate a checklist of solutions that they may practice. 


Programme Structure:

The programme will be delivered in a one-hour weekly small group sessions (no more than 5 children per group of the same age-range) for 6 weeks followed by a feedback session for parents at the end of the programme.

This course is held on Saturdays from 1.15pm to 2.15pm and dates for the course are as follows: March 7,21 & 28 April 4, 11 & 18. Parents’ session will be held on April 25, 2015

Registration closes on 2 March 2015 and an amount of $250/- ( 50% of the course fees ) is payable upon registration. Balance of $250/- is payable on the commencement of the class.

Speech & Language Therapy and Assessments

Assessment and management of communication skills in pre-schoolers to young adults as old as 21 years of age, with the following disorders:

  • Cleft and craniofacial anomalies
  • Speech disorder e.g lisp
  • Speech and language delays
  • Oroverbal dyspraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Stuttering
  • (Specific) language impairments
  • Learning disabilities
  • Global developmental delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD/ ADD
  • Intellectual disability
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing impairment
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Dysphonia

 

Area of specialisation is not limited to communication disorders, our specialist has clinical experience ranging from working with adults with swallowing difficulties to running a combined ENT voice clinic for adults with voice disorders.  

Preschool Early Literacy (PEL)

The Preschool Early Literacy (PEL) intervention program is designed for preschool children with reading and spelling difficulties (dyslexia), or at risk of literacy delay.

The PEL program aims at helping kindergarteners become school-ready through the

  • acquisition of language skills (listening and speaking)
  • development of literacy skills (reading and spelling)
  • enhancement of self-esteem, confidence and motivation
  • sharpening of visual & auditory processing, attention, concentration and memory skills

The program incorporates the OG principles (Orton Gillingham) in its instructional approach, one that is structured, multi-sensory, cumulative, and emotionally-sound.

PEL is taught by educational therapists trained to teach preschool children with literacy challenges.  The lessons are child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and prescriptive in nature.  Thus, the specialist teacher will teach as fast as she can and as slow as she must, in a fun and engaging way.

 

Age Group: 5-6 year olds (K1 & K2)
Class size: Individual or Group (3-4)
Frequency: twice weekly, one hour per session
Fees: $1050/- per term - 7 weeks (use of CDA Baby Bonus*)
*MSF Terms & Conditions apply

Preschool Emotional & Social Skills (PES)

The Preschool Emotional & Social Skills (PES) intervention program is designed for preschool children facing emotional imbalances and challenges in different social settings.

The PES program aims to help preschoolers become school-ready through the

  • acquisition of strong verbal skills to express clearly and confidently
  • development of social skills to interact meaningfully and appropriately with others
  • strengthening of self-awareness to manage and regulate  emotions effectively

The PES program incorporates the teaching of 21st Century Competencies in alignment with the MOE’s PERI Framework so that preschoolers will eventually become confident people, self-directed learners, concerned citizens and active contributors.

PES is taught by educational therapists trained to teach preschool children with emotional & social challenges.  The lessons are structured, cumulative and delivered in a fun and engaging way through role-play, hands-on activities, games, music & movement, group discussion, creative art and field trips.

 

Age Group: 4-6 year olds (Nursery, K1 & K2)
Class size: Group (3-4)
Frequency: once weekly, one hour per session
Fees: $500/- per term (use of CDA Baby Bonus*)
*MSF Terms & Conditions apply

Stress Management(with Yoga)workshop for Adults

Mind and body wellness
Stress management (with yoga) workshop for adults 

We all encounter stress in our lives. A certain amount of stress is healthy, but when the stress gets too much, do you know how to reduce and cope with it? Research has shown that in the long run, cumulative stress can have detrimental effect to your mental and physical health. There are many effective ways to relieve stress and some stress relief strategies work better only for certain people.

Yoga is a mind-body type of practice that brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Apart from reducing anxiety and stress, yoga can also improve flexibility, strength, balance and stamina.

There is no single stress relief strategy that is best for everyone. You need to consider your needs, preferences, fitness level, and the way you usually react to stress. At most times, you may find that alternating or combining different techniques keep you motivated and provide you with the best results. At Psych & Psych Consultants, we teach individuals to be aware and to react to stress, as well as to find ways to help manage it. 

About the Facilitator: 
Natalie is a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society and an Associate Member with the American Psychological Association. She has received extensive training in Canada for many years and did her internship in counselling and psychotherapy before returning to Singapore. Natalie has been in private practice for some years and continues to work with children, adolescents and adults. Natalie is also a Certified Hypnotherapist. She has conducted workshops and lectures for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Celeste has been practicing yoga since 2001 under a number of yoga instructors from France, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Shanghai, and Taiwan. She completed the Unity Yoga Heart Teacher Certification Course to become a yoga instructor. She was also at Yoga Niketan in Rishikesh, India in January 2006 in pursuit of more intense yoga experiences. She has extensive experience working with students of different nationalities from all walks of life.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify stressors and how you react to stress.
  • Identify maladaptive thinking and behaviour about stress.
  • Find ways to manage stress.
  • RELAX.

 

** For hygiene reasons, please bring your own mat for the yoga session.

Date: 30th June 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: #10-24 Novena Medical Center
Cost: $35.00 per pax ($60.00 per couple)

Please register early with us to avoid disappointment. For more information, call us at 6397-6554 or e-mail to info@psychnpsych.com

Literacy intervention for pre-schoolers

Our early literacy program aims at developing pre-literacy skills such as alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, story-telling, listening skills, letter recognition, and writing letters. Research suggest that these skills are the strongest and most consistent predictors of later success in reading.  Our program aims at strengthening these skills to ensure a strong foundation on which advanced literacy skills are built.


Details
Before commencing on our program, the student is required to go through an informal assessment to better understand his or her learning needs and profile.

If you are interested in any future group programmes, email us your contact details and age of your child at info@psychnpsych.com. We will contact you when we have a group.

Emergent Literacy

This program aims at equipping emerging readers with the phonological skills and knowledge that will help them improve their reading and spelling.

What is taught:

  • Phonological awareness
  • letter-sound correspondence
  • blending sounds to read  and  segmenting units of sounds to spell words.
  • Syllables and Syllabication Rules
  • Early reading comprehension skills  
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Sight word instruction: High frequency words sight words are taught, to enable comprehension of simple text.

  
Details
Before commencing on our program, the student is required to go through an informal assessment to better understand his or her learning needs and profile.

If you are interested in any future group programmes, email us your contact details and age of your child at info@psychnpsych.com. We will contact you when we have a group.

Education therapy for dyslexia and other learning disabilities

Based on the research-validated Orton-Gillingham Approach, our remediation program is tailored to meet the learning needs and profile of each student, with a strong emphasis on developing self-esteem, confidence and motivation.

Program include:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Reading
  • Reading Fluency
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Writing Skills
  • Reading Comprehension Skills
  • Listening Comprehension Skills


Details
Before commencing on our program, the student is required to go through an informal assessment to better understand his or her learning needs and profile.

If you are interested in any future group programmes, email us your contact details and age of your child at info@psychnpsych.com. We will contact you when we have a group.