Social Life

FloorTime-Developmental Individual Relationship-based Approach (DIR)
DIR (Greenspan & Weider) is a child-centered, relationship-based method, which is ideal for the very young child and can easily be incorporated into parent-child play sessions. It implements six stages of development, including 1) shared attention and regulation, 2) engagement, 3) purposeful emotional interactions, 4) emotion signaling and problem-solving, 5) creative ideas, and 6) logical thinking.

Skillstreaming (Goldstein & McGinnis)
Skillstreaming is a highly acclaimed, research-based prosocial skills training program. It employs a four-part training approach—modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization—to teach essential prosocial skills to children. Skillstreaming has been successfully implemented throughout the Pinnacle classes to teach play imitation, sharing, turn taking, dramatic and imaginative play skills, and theme-based play.

Whole Body Listening (Wilson & Sautter)
Communication breakdowns occur for students who are not listening with their whole body. This curriculum is a foundational component of Theory of Mind and teaches strategies for “checking in” and remaining connected with partners throughout the social day. The Whole Body Listening paradigm is widely recognized on our campus and is evident in the continuous development of social confidence and sustained friendships in our Transitional kindergarten program.

SuperFlex ™ and Social Thinking ™
Michelle Garcia Winner’s colorful and dynamic lessons are taught in classes throughout the day and become a “language” used to help our students to develop friendships, solve social problems, and to plan for social maturity.

Although our campus’ primary focus is the education and treatment of exceptional students, we have an environment that is rich in social inclusion. Throughout the school year and summer, there are many opportunities for our students to meet new friends and generalize their social skills to novel peer groups.

Integrated Social Groups
Our integrated social program is based on Wolfberg’s research-based IPG model and offers sensitivity training to peer mentors, who are paired with our students to enhance relationship development, leisure interests, and social pragmatic language skills. Each summer, we welcome over 50 peer mentors to the campus.