Educating children with special needs since 2005

Social Groups

Leapfrogs conducts small-group therapy sessions from preschool age to teenagers under the guidance of experienced therapists to enhance the language, social, emotional, social communication, behavioural and cognitive skills in a child.

Group therapy has been found to be highly effective in helping children develop and practice skills needed to function in a group to meaningfully grow in different settings. The intent of these groups is to develop a child’s attention and behavior in a group setting, encourage group listening skills, and enhance the child’s ability to use their language in functional ways, both with therapists and peers. Children will be placed in groups that best suit their needs.

At Leapfrogs, our social groups work on developing positive social skills in the following areas:

  • boost confidence in coping with the listening demands of a group setting.
  • learn and use language skills for more social purposes, so that he/she will be more prepared to communicate with others in their daily life.
  • be a better communicator, which in turn, increases his/her self-esteem in interacting with others, and thus helps in developing more meaningful friendships.
  • increase self-control hence improving attention and focus when learning in a group.
  • improve awareness of own and others emotions,which is important in developing empathy and understanding perspective of others
  • learn techniques to manage their own behaviours or emotions.
  • develop solutions to overcome their social challenges.
  • learn ways to maintain social interactions and personal relationships.

Specialized Approaches:

The Feuerstein Institute Enrichment Program (FIE): IE Basic, IE Standard

The FIE Mediated Learning Experience are cognitive intervention tools for correcting the deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills. It provides students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations and techniques necessary to function independently by increasing their motivation while developing metacognition (i.e. thinking about thinking).

Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner

Social Thinking is a social skills curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner in the late 1990s. She believes that the ability to think socially is required prior to the use of appropriate social skills and that it is an intuitive process for people to consider the points of view, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, prior knowledge and intentions of others (i.e. perspective taking). The curriculum focuses on utilizing cognitive behavioral strategies to teach children how to think socially, determine the meaning behind the social situation, respond to it by using appropriate social skills and understand why specific social skills are important in different contexts. By changing the individual's perceptions, self-understanding and beliefs, the person can be empowered to generalize their social thinking to outside of the therapy room.

Social Stories TM by Carol Gray

Carol Gray is best known for the development of Social Stories, a respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages. Social Stories are a social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals and people with autism of all ages. Carol is also known for initiating a very effective social philosophy that 1) abandons all assumptions, 2) regards both the typical and autism perspective as equally valid, and 3) recognizes the social impairment in autism as shared (noting the well-intentioned but nonetheless misguided mistakes of parents and professionals).