A play-based approach to building early communication and social skills.
This program is designed for children who struggle interacting and engaging in play with others. EPIC Kids is intended for, but not limited to children ages 5-8.
To be social, one must be able to engage with others, while sharing a common space. Children will have opportunities to practice engaging with peers while learning and practicing skills such as joint attention, turn taking, and using language to express their ideas in a group.
Play skills are crucial in the emotional and social development of a child. Play helps children develop skills for being able to work in groups, share, negotiate and resolve conflict. Play provides children with a balance of challenge and support that fosters persistence and creativity. Children will practice building play skills with support and guidance in a safe, learning environment.
In order to interact and communicate effectively with others, children must understand that people have thoughts and that those thoughts can be different from their own. Through play, children will practice building early metacognitive skills such as perspective taking, flexible thinking, compromising, and dealing with consequences.
A large part of being social is being able to have a conversation with others. Children will have opportunities to practice building conversations, paying attention to non-verbal language cues and learning how to get to know someone new.
*This program is designed for but not limited to children with Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder, High Functioning Autism and/or Attention Deficit Disorder. Participants do not have to have a formal diagnosis to attend the program.
This program includes explicit instruction and support in the areas of:
EPIC Saturdays — $60 / Two Hour Session
Location: Asheville Clinic, 9 W Summit Avenue, South Asheville
Details: This course 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.