Virtual Social Interest Groups

Music City Peds

Virtual Social Interest Groups!

 

Parents, social connection is essential to children’s well-being.

If you are looking for a structured way for your child to interact with similarly-aged peers who share a common interest, keep reading!

 

THIS JUNE, Music City Peds is offering 10 virtual groups all based on social interests.

 

Caitlin is a developmental-behavioral clinician who is passionate about helping kids and teens with autism, anxiety, ADHD, or other similar social skills differences to feel comfortable as part of a group, celebrating their specific strengths and interests.

 

The purpose of participating in these virtual groups is to have fun connecting with peers with common interests with oversight and modeling from a trained clinician.

 

Parents, we know many summer camps have been cancelled and your alone time is practically non-existent. We aim to provide stimulating conversation and activities to occupy your child for the hour that group runs.

 

Your child will need access to the internet and an electronic device to join us virtually.

 

If materials are needed for the group, we will provide kits to be picked up from our office the week before group begins.

 

Goals for camp:

-building social connections with peers with common interests

-enjoying a social atmosphere with structured activities that facilitate self-expression and communication

-creating and contributing as part of a team, using flexible-thinking and being open to others’ ideas

-accepting feedback and modifying behavior to the social context

-learning social rules and expectations while also advocating for their preferences and needs

-supporting each other through the shared experience of having social differences

 

Cost and Registration:

-Each group below requires an upfront non-refundable payment of $125 on the date of the first group meeting. An additional supply fee up to $25 may be added for certain camps.

-We also request your commitment to have your child attend each session for the benefit of the group

-At least 4 participants are required for the group to officially run. Ask a friend to sign up, too!

-We will cancel the group and contact you on May 28th if not enough have signed up for your particular group.

-Please email crissler@musiccitypeds.com to register as soon as possible!

Groups

Building

Ages: 8-12

Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23

Time: 10-11am

What to Expect: LEGOs, crafts, engineering! We will get to know one another as we work on a variety of craft projects and challenges. We will emphasize good sportsmanship and social skills through modeling and coaching.

 

Plan a Social Gathering 101

Ages: 8-12

Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 10-11am

What to Expect: We will go through the steps and skills required to successfully host a social event (either virtual or in-person). Steps include finding friends with common interests, exchanging contact information, planning an activity, inviting friends to attend, practicing good sportsmanship and flexibility, and creating future opportunities to maintain the friendship.

 

Art

Ages: 10-13

Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 10-11am

What to Expect: We will demonstrate how to use variety of mediums to create works of art that facilitate self-expression and creativity. We will have a variety of prompts for both individual and collective works. Then, we will showcase our art and practice communication, conversation, and social engagement.

 

Sports Fanatics

Ages: 10-14

Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 11am-noon

What to Expect: Regardless of your preferred sport or athletic ability, join us to connect over a mutual enjoyment of watching sports, supporting a specific team or player, learning interesting statistics, and recapping sports highlights. Expect some fun games to showcase your team affiliations as well as to test your knowledge of sports. We will also teach how to walk the fine line between friendly smack talk and offensive jabsJ

 

Baking (without the Baking)

Ages: 12-16

Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 23

Time: 11am-noon

What to Expect: Pick up your box of ingredients the Friday before we start. We will demonstrate how to make delicious, unique, and fun snacks and treats that actually do not require baking or anything that may be a burning hazard! No sharps, either. If you enjoy preparing foods or doing crafty activities, this is a great group for you. As we prepare food, we will have time to connect with peers. At the end, we will have a “no-bake-off” with specific prizes for each contestant.

 

 

Animal Lovers

Ages: 14+

Dates: June, 1, 8, 15, 22

Time: 10-11am

What to Expect: If you love animals, whether that includes pets or exotic animals, we invite you to join us for this light-hearted, fun group. We will play animal-themed get-to-know-you games, learn from those who work with animals, brainstorm ways to interact with animals in our community, and present to the group on an animal of choice. Be prepared to show off your pets, tooJ

 

Girls with ASD Meet Up

Ages: 14-18 (entering HS or recently graduated from HS)

Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 15

Time: 11am-noon

What to Expect: support and empowerment for girls on the autism spectrum who are entering or have recently finished high school, a time to connect and share personal experiences, offer solutions and strategies!

 

Art

Ages: 14+

Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 11am-noon

What to Expect: We will demonstrate how to use variety of mediums to create works of art that facilitate self-expression and creativity. We will have a variety of prompts for both individual and collective works. Then, we will showcase our art and practice communication, conversation, and social engagement.

 

Social Skills “Re-entry Rehearsal”!

Ages: 14+

Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 11am-noon

What to Expect:  We will go through the steps and skills required to successfully hold conversations in a variety of social scenarios to build confidence as we re-open public places.

 

Songwriting

Ages: 14+

Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 10-11am

What to Expect: With the help of an experienced songwriter from Belmont University, we will learn about the songwriting process, study our favorite songs, learn about a few songwriting legends, and of course, write songs. There will be opportunities to share song lyrics or to perform original songs, accompanied by instruments if desired. This group will facilitate self-expression, communication, and self-confidence.