What Is the HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program?
HI-STEP® is a 5-week day program focusing on children’s social skills, problem-solving skills & emotional-behavioral skills through group training, individual attention, sports & recreational activities, creative arts, & academic-related activities. With locations in Pennington, Scotch Plains & Marlton, HI-STEP® is designed for children with social skills difficulties regardless of diagnosis. Many children attend as part of their Extended School Year (ESY) program, paid for by their school district. View Our HI-STEP® Promo Video
Who is HI-STEP® for?
HI-STEP® 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 Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, 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 HI-STEP®.
The HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills program is for children ages 6-17. Prior students who have aged out of the program may apply to be considered on an individual basis. 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.
What will my child do?
The daily schedule includes social skills and problem-solving training, sports and recreational activities, creative arts activities, lunch, snack, supervised play activities to promote friendship-building and learning to play various games appropriately, academic-related activities focusing on social skills, and exchanging points for prizes at the reward store. There are also various special activities, which may include many of the following: Therapeutic Dogs, science presentation/activity, magician, drum circle, animal show, musicians, carnival games, etc.
Why Choose The HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program?
HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program provides more frequent and more intensive social skills training compared to traditional summer programs and weekly summer social skills groups. Generalization opportunities are provided through activities recommended for the home and community, parent training, and a summary of strategies staff members found to be effective.
Many children attend HI-STEP® as their Extended School Year (ESY) program, funded by their respective school district; an excellent opportunity for learning, fun, and friendship-making.