We are excited to announce the dates for our Spring 2017 semester of Spark!
We welcome back all of our returning youngsters, as well as some new faces who will be joining us!
What is Spark?
Spark is a weekly supportive mentoring group that takes place in a structured and supervised group setting at The Sherkow Center. It is designed to help young people diagnosed with ASD or uneven development learn socialization skills, and to learn about their bodies and their minds! Within each Spark group, we pair an ASD child or teen with a similarly aged youngster, who serves as a mentor, social model, and friend. Spark offers an opportunity to learn and hone conversational skills, and ultimately expand creative horizons while reinforcing empathy and engagement. Our programming also prepares our youngsters for events in the practical world, through presenting projects to a group, and practicing sharing and politeness with others. We typically have an art activity, a unique game or sport, and finally a more psychological and socially-oriented “Sparkinator” segment, which covers a range of activities that touch on emotions. Our goal for every “Sparkinator” is to work on relationships and sharing within the group, coping strategies for strange or challenging situations, and how to understand other’s mental states. To achieve this goal we practice social skills such as turn-taking, initiating a conversation, and other social conventions.
The following 12 Wednesdays will make up the Spring 2017 Spark semester:
As a reminder, Spark meets at 4:15pm (for ages 7-12) and 5:30pm (for ages 13+).
Are you, or any youngsters you know, interested in joining our program? We currently have spots open for both clients and mentors. Please contact us if you are interested in joining: in the service of personalizing the attention we give each child, Susan P. Sherkow, MD and Jenifer Clark, PhD, our group leaders, meet with every child or teen and his parents who are interested, before they are assigned to a group.
For any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be glad to have the opportunity to discuss this program in more detail with any interested parties.
Susan Sherkow, M.D. and Jenifer Clark, Ph.D.