Peer Therapy

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Peer Therapy

At Kool KATTS we pride ourselves on offering our children the opportunity to support their social skills through the neuroaffirmative practice of peer play sessions.

Our paired peer therapy sessions are a tailored approach to building social skills in children. They provide a stepping stone to larger groups. Your therapist may recommend your child attends a paired peer session/s before moving to a larger group. This allows your child to have social success in a small environment and provide them the tools to negotiate play with other children.

How do Paired Peer Therapy Sessions Work?

Deciding if Peer Therapy is right for your child

Kool KATTS offers a range of therapy sessions from individual to peer groups to larger groups of 3 or more. Your child’s therapist will determine if your child is suitable to attend a peer session based on their goals, behaviour and communication and social skills.

Finding a Suitable Peer

The Kool KATTS team will then discuss suitable peers that may also be interested in paired peer therapy and find an available spot to meet both child’s schedules. Your therapist will ensure that the children are matched appropriately, taking into consideration their age, skills and goals, as well as family preferences for session time and duration.

New Families Interested in Peer Therapy

We are only able to offer peer therapy sessions to current children as we are then able to determine the needs, goals and unique social characteristics in order to match them with a suitable peer. Our goal is to ensure social success!

What does a Paired Peer Therapy Session look like?

You child’s therapist will commence therapy sessions. Generally these sessions consist of 2 parts,

  1.  Negotiating the play. This requires both children to bring their own ideas to the sessions, then negotiate a joint play idea. This allows the therapist to support both children’s expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings while also contributing to understand the other child’s thoughts and feelings.
  2. Carrying out the play idea. This also involves scaffolding and supporting the children through working together, resolving conflict, managing emotions and navigating personal space.