Beginning with Friday dinner after parent drop-off
and ending after Sunday lunch with parent pick-up, WISE consists of Social Skills Training Groups and recreational
activities such as swimming, boating, soccer, arts & crafts, and much more. Other Important
Emphasis is on cooperation
rather than competition.
During social skills groups, social-emotional and problem-solving skills are taught
through discussion, demonstration, role play, and positive reinforcement.
Recreational activities provide the opportunity
to practice applying the newly taught skills in a controlled and supervised situation.
W.I.S.E. is designed
for children with difficulties displaying appropriate social skills and problem-solving skills. The program commonly
is appropriate for children with special education needs, including high-functioning Pervasive Developmental Disorders (e.g.,
Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS), Non-verbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and
symptoms of anxiety, shyness, obsessive-compulsiveness, etc. A diagnosis or special education classification
is not required for enrollment in W.I.S.E.
* All children are carefully screened prior to acceptance.
Children are grouped based upon age, strength and needs relative to the other children in the group, and based upon
the determination of the best match with specific counselors.
*There are specific social problem-solving skills
targeted for all students in the program. We also teach children how to problem-solve so they can potentially handle
any social situation. Additionally, there are individual goals for each child.
*Staff members rate
each child's behavior and social skills after each activity every day and provide ongoing feedback to the children.
A daily scorecard and comments are sent home at the conclusion of the program.
* Parenting information is provided, focusing
on gaining compliance, providing reinforcement, reducing negative behaviors, promoting social skills, generalizing positive
behaviors across settings, etc.