Social Lights Program

What is the Social Lights Program?

The Social Lights program is a group social skills program for preschool, primary and secondary children and young people. The program is written and developed by our principal psychologist Elizabeth Sulikowski based on her experience working with children, and informed by her knowledge of childhood development. The program is highly individualised and tailored to the needs of each young person or group.

What is the aim of the program?

The Social Lights program aims to assist children on the Autism spectrum or those with anxiety who are struggling to navigate their social world. This dynamic program considers each child’s strengths and learning ability. This is used to plan and assist children in gaining the confidence and skills to connect and build healthy relationships.

What areas are targeted in the sessions?

Social Lights classes are individual to each group of children, but some of the areas of social and emotional development covered are:

  • Communication – conversation skills and non-verbal skills, body language.
  • Friendship and interpersonal skills – appropriate play, making and maintaining friendships.
  • Emotions – understanding feelings, relaxation, coping skills, anger and stress management.
  • Flexible thinking – negotiation, compromise, dealing with change.
  • Confidence – self-esteem, assertiveness, resilience.
  • Problem solving – conflict resolution, bullying prevention and response strategies.
  • Attention – planning, organisation, self-monitoring, shifting and dividing attention.
  • Growth and relationships – understanding puberty, life changes and building healthy relationships.

What do sessions involve?

Social Lights emphasises positive behaviour support and recognises that all children learn differently. Classes adopt an all-inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach to helping children improve their social skills. This includes a variety of fun learning techniques, such as role-plays, games, imagination, art, drama, teamwork activities, video feedback, animations, demonstration, and guided instruction.

Would my child benefit from Social Lights?

Children who are on the Autism spectrum, as well as those who experience, anxiety, shyness, social phobias, anger, oppositional behaviour or who are struggling with friendships, would benefit from participation in Social Lights. Social Lights allows children to practise and transfer the skills they have learnt in a fun and safe environment to everyday life.

Can you do sessions at our school?

If the location, day or time for sessions is unsuitable we are happy to come to your school to hold either individual or private sessions. Please talk to your school or have them contact us to discuss further.