The benefits of school holiday speech, language, and social programs

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benefits of social interaction

School holiday groups provide valuable opportunities for children to generalise and apply what they have learned in one-on-one therapy sessions during the term. They support your child’s learning in the following ways:

  1. Real-Life Practice: Social skills and language groups create a real-life setting where children can practice their communication skills in a natural and dynamic environment. Unlike one-on-one therapy sessions, which are often structured and focused on specific goals, holiday groups offer a more spontaneous and interactive experience. This allows children to apply their learned skills in a variety of situations, improving their ability to use them effectively in daily life.
  2. Group Dynamics: Interacting with a diverse group of peers in the holiday groups exposes children to different communication styles, personalities, and perspectives. This experience helps them adapt their communication skills to various individuals and navigate social dynamics effectively. It encourages children to generalize the strategies they have learned in therapy to different social contexts, preparing them for real-world interactions.
  3. Collaborative Learning: Holiday groups foster collaboration among children, providing opportunities for them to work together on projects, problem-solving activities, and group discussions. This collaborative environment allows children to practice skills such as turn-taking, active listening, and negotiating meaning. By engaging in these activities, children develop important communication and social skills that can be generalized to other settings, such as the classroom or extracurricular activities.
  4. Supportive Feedback: In holiday groups, children receive feedback not only from speech pathologists but also from their peers. This constructive feedback helps children understand how their communication skills impact others and provides valuable insights for improvement. The opportunity to receive feedback from multiple sources contributes to the generalization of skills, as children learn to adapt their communication based on different perspectives and preferences.
  5. Increased Confidence: Generalising skills from one-on-one therapy to group settings during school holidays can significantly boost children’s confidence in their communication abilities. Seeing the positive impact of their learned skills on social interactions and receiving validation from peers and professionals enhances their self-belief. This increased confidence further motivates children to continue practising and applying their communication skills beyond therapy sessions.

By participating in school holiday groups, children can generalise and apply the skills they have learned in one-on-one therapy to real-life situations, diverse social dynamics, and collaborative learning environments. This generalization allows children to become more effective communicators, adapt to various contexts, and build confidence in their ability to navigate social interactions successfully. The parents of the children who attend our school holiday groups report that they are thrilled with our program and immediately enrol for the next school holidays!

If you would like your child to attend our holiday programs, please call us on 02 9398 3020.