EPIC After-School

A simple, less structured approach to helping build and refine social skills.

This afterschool program is designed for children who struggle with the nuances of social interaction. EPIC After School is intended for but not limited to children ages 8-13.

Explore Social Expectations

Social expectations vary depending on context. What’s acceptable in one setting may not be appropriate in another. While hanging out with their peers, students will receive support and guidance in the areas of social interaction and will learn how to be more of a social problem solver who adapts effectively across different social settings.

Play Games With Friends

Whenever kids get together in groups and play games, social skills are inevitable. Students will have a wide variety of game options to choose from that will provide many opportunities to practice interacting socially, with the support and guidance of a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in social skills instruction.

Interact with Others

The unstructured nature of EPIC After School provides many meaningful and teachable moments for students to learn how their words and actions come across to others. Students will have social expectations explicitly taught through activities and games. They will learn how to be an observer of social situations and will practice considering both context and non-verbal language cues to help them navigate different social situations.

Create and Learn

Incorporating the arts and creativity in learning helps take away the awkwardness of social skills instruction, increases engagement and deepens the understanding of concepts being taught. Students will choose from a variety of art projects to complete as a way to demonstrate what they’ve learned visually or through other art forms. Examples of art projects include painting, collaging, song writing (with use of Garageband computer software), story writing, or movie making (with use of iMovie computer software).

This program includes explicit instruction and support in the areas of:

  • Perspective taking and theory of mind
  • Metacognition and self-reflection
  • Social cognition focusing on the important of context in relation to expectations
  • Non-verbal language and tone of voice
  • Self-regulation and use of self-talk

*This program incorporates concepts developed by Michelle Garcia Winner and the Social Thinking Curriculum.

“This program, including its teacher or leader, is not affiliated with, nor has it been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing, Inc.”