Buddy Club is an afterschool, social skills and community integration program for children between the ages of 4–12. This program is designed to create the opportunity for positive peer interactions and successful community integration experiences. Buddy Club may benefit children who have social skills challenges, including difficulty with expected social interactions, developing and maintaining friendships, and other challenges that may interfere with appropriate social interactions with peers and others.
- Two-hour sessions once a week
- Small peer groups of four to seven children led by a pediatric occupational therapist and an assistant
- Children participate in fun-filled activities within a curriculum of specific social skills including greeting, sharing, body language, cooperative & interactive play, taking turns, sportsmanship, making friends, understanding & expressing emotions, participating in conversations, self-awareness, avoiding & resolving conflicts, being brave & facing fears, and bullying
- Activities alternate between being onsite at a PTN location and going to other sites in the community, such as parks, libraries, bowling alleys, recreational centers and more
- Parent collaboration or education is provided weekly through handouts, parent meetings, Social Stories and viewing video clips from Buddy Club sessions
- Buddy Club is offered at two locations: Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance and Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista
Parent collaboration and education are provided through weekly 15-minute parent meetings and tri-annual 2-hour parent meetings along with use of Social Stories and viewing of video clips from Buddy Club sessions. Our therapists also provide “coached" snacks and play dates with parents to help them gain confidence, learn what strategies and community venues are successful for their child, and learn about group management.