2021 Summer High School Program, Social Pragmatic Track: PEERS
Strategies for College Success—Required for all students in the Social Pragmatics Track: This course will help prepare students for the demands of living on a college campus and attending college classes. There will be a strong focus on social communication instruction that supports students’ development of in-class discussion, personal communication, and peer-to-peer conversations.
Students will learn a variety of study skills and organizational methods that further support college academic success. Further, students will consider their own learning styles and learning challenges and determine their strengths and areas for improvement.
Once these strengths and areas for improvement are identified, students will use this information to consider long-term goals. Students will produce a portfolio by the end of the course that includes useful resources, tools, and strategies that will support college success.
This course includes two days per week of PEERS instruction. PEERS is evidence-based social skills instruction where students will learn through didactic lessons and role play demonstrations.
Students will also receive 1:1 social coaching to support them in how to apply the skills from their weekly lessons. Parents are encouraged to participate in a weekly evening session to review the lessons and learn tips on how to support their student.
One of the many things that makes Landmark College a better choice for students who learn differently is that we constantly strive to provide the right kind of support for the wide profile of learners that come to the College. In this spirit, we have developed an enhanced orientation designed for students with a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (including diagnoses formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, or PDD-NOS).
The schedule for enhanced orientation consists of the following:
- Pre-arrival Interview—You and your family will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive interview about the important things Landmark College should know when working with you. This interview will serve as the basis for how we work with you when you arrive.
- Specialized Roommate Selection—You will receive additional review to determine appropriate and effective housing and roommate assignments. Because we spend additional time making roommate assignments, program housing assignments for this group will not be announced until August 1, 2021.
- Priority review
- Educational Planning Process—You will participate in an online meeting, “Pathways,” to discuss your educational and personal goals. This person-centered planning process will also help us know you better so we can better support you.
- Peer Group Development—You will be invited to biweekly online social groups starting August 2, 2021. This will help in the development of a safe and comfortable peer group as you get ready for the full orientation program and the semester.
- Priority Application to PEERS®—Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is weekly evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated students, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.
Parents of students participating in PEERS meeting, weekly, 60 minutes 16 weeks (online only)
This group is open for all parents, bur recommended for parents of students participating in a PEERS group.
- TEAMS meeting, Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
- During the first 30 minutes we will review what we cover in PEERS sessions. You will see the skills we are teaching as well as how we teach.
- Parents will receive a handout with a summary of what we are covering, and language used.
- Review of the structure and content of social coaching sessions.
- Q&A period. Questions about the program, material, and strategies. Questions about specific student issues should be emailed directly to Andy Donahue or Sallie Banta.
Here’s a small sampling of other types of programming the social pragmatics staff helps organize and offers each semester. Contact Andy Donahue or Sallie Banta for more details.
- Social table in Dining Hall
- Therapy Dog program
- Thursday evening off campus trips
- Online game nights
- Weekend field trips
- Individual meetings with social coaches or social pragmatic staff