We have introduced a new social skills programme, called ‘Social Thinking’, to all of our students at Wirral Hospitals’ School. This comes from research by Michelle Garcia-Winner, Speech & Language Pathologist. All students will have the opportunity to take part in a session once a week in Form Time. The training sessions will usually take place on a Monday or Tuesday morning, with the expectation that staff and students will reinforce these across the school day.
The programme helps young people to better understand themselves, others and the world around them in terms of four aspects of communication. The sessions will take place in three week blocks and each will focus on a different social skill.
Parents and guardians have been offered the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions in which they were trained in supporting the programme at home. This ensured a consistent approach to help promote social independence. Feel free to attend any of the sessions even if you miss a previous session. We will inform you after the summer break of sessions that will take place in the Autumn Term.
The Form Time sessions will be made available for you to use at home via the school website on a weekly basis. If you would like to take part in the programme this is entirely voluntary, however, we hope you will be able to support this very valuable initiative. Please check the website weekly for details. All students will participate in the programme within school regardless of how much time you are able to commit to it at home.
If you require more information about the programme, please speak to your child’s/ward’s Form Tutor who will be happy to answer any questions.