What's the buzz?
‘What’s the Buzz?’ is targeted at individuals aged 5-10 years who have perceived difficulties with the nature of social interactions.
It has proven to be helpful for children on the Autism Spectrum, and those with language disorders, specific learning difficulties, Auditory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety or social phobias.
An initial parent/caregiver information session is provided. Participants then engage in a 16-session role-play and play-based group program that focusses on the development of their social skills, such as greetings, following instructions, Theory of Mind, engaging in a reciprocal conversation, and handling worry.
A vital component of successfully teaching the social skills is also clearly communicating the underlying social principles. A key social principle is targeted each week.
The following outcomes are worked toward as part of the fun, engaging, activity-based sessions:
Increased willingness and confidence to engage in the learned social skills, e.g. initiating and maintaining a reciprocal conversation, problem solving, winning/losing, identifying feelings;
To be able to use the learned social skills with a variety of individuals e.g. other participants in the group;
For individuals to learn about different social contexts, and how to adjust their behaviour to better match the environment;
Increased attention and engagement within structured activities;
Ability to identify the components of a successful conversation, i.e. conversation starters, conversation joiners, and to identify appropriate non-verbal communication skills; and
For individuals to have access to a supportive environment where social skills are explicitly taught. This is further supported by access to multiple opportunities for children to practice and consolidate these skills.
Above information about the program has been adapted from the ‘What’s the Buzz?’ website: www.whatsthebuzz.net.au