Social Skills Programs
The Peter Pan Center provides social-emotional learning groups for children and teens who experience mild to moderate social challenges. While our students have a range of cognitive profiles and learning styles, most of our students have little or only mild difficulty accessing academic curriculum at school.
We are still open and successfully operating our Social Branches groups in an online format for grades 2 through 6. New members are welcome! Our programs for ages 3-6 and teens will resume when schools re-open.
Our programs are heavily language-based, so children must have good receptive and expressive language skills and be able to participate individually and safely in a group of 8-12 peers.
Our programs are grouped by age and grade level. Our Social Sapling programs are geared towards children in their early childhood years. Elementary school students participate in the Social Branches programs and Social Tweens and Teens are for middle school and high school students.
Our programs include purposeful unstructured time to play and interact to replicate the times of day that are most challenging: recess, lunch, play dates, etc. where a layer of social support is provided as children and teens are professionally coached and guided in their peer interactions. Children and teens naturally interact with each other and our young adult mentors, and when social challenges arise, direct instruction is provided by a trained social education specialist toward new ways of approaching situations and providing incidental teaching opportunities. We encourage you to call or schedule a visit to discuss if our program is the right fit for your child, find out more about our programs and start your child or teen’s journey to social success. You may also click on the links below for information on specific programs.
2019-2020 School Year Programs (click on links for details):
From a parent: I just wanted to let you know that my daughter attended “Kids Night Out” at school last night. It was an event for the 5th and 6th graders with dancing, basketball, board games, crafts and a movie; schedule for 7-9 pm. After weeks of telling me she didn’t want to go, she decided on Thursday night she wants to “give it a try.” The anxiety started building before dinner, but she got in the car at 6:50 and off we went. Twice she tried to walk through the doors and just couldn’t. The third time she made it through the door but continued to cling to me in the back of the lobby. When a friend tried to talk to her, she hid behind me. I finally encouraged her to leave and we sat in the car for a while. She played Minecraft on my phone while I read. After about 10 minutes, I asked her if we were headed into the event or out for ice cream; she again said she wanted to give the event a try. This time, she walked in on her own and quickly disappeared into the fray. She attended the event from 7:30 to 8:45. I could not be prouder. It took so much courage for her to walk through those doors and join the event. She set her mind to it, and even after three false starts, she did it!!!! I know that for most kids this is not any kind of accomplishment, but for her it is. These events feed into all of the things that are hard for her; unstructured time, impromptu social interactions, loud noises, crowds, flashing light. For her, this was a HUGE step forward. Thank you for helping give my daughter the tools to walk through the door.