When working with children for kindergarten admissions interviews and kindergarten prep, social emotional skills are at the core of what I’m targeting.
As a speech therapist working in your Upper East Side home, your child will immediately interact with me from the moment I walk in the door. Kids are always curious about what I have brought in my big bag, but quickly learn they can’t explore the mysterious contents on their own. Preschoolers I work with understand the rules of our 1:1 work, and how they should interact with me as their teacher.
Often, children are generally polite. Carrying over politeness, listening and attending simultaneously into challenging work takes practice. Pre-Kindergarteners often demonstrate significant growth in social emotional skills from participating in our weekly sessions.
Through stimulating books with just-right new vocabulary words, I encourage children to make predictions, answer thought-provoking questions, and talk about character traits and feelings. We try to go beyond “happy” and “sad,” and use words such as: brave, proud, bossy, helpful, funny, caring, shy, lazy, etc. Children are encouraged to relate character situations and feelings to themselves. This allows your child to learn to talk about their feelings more effectively.
We play all kinds of turn taking games, share stories and toys, all while maintaining a fun atmosphere.
All types of social emotional skills in a classroom setting can not be represented in 1:1 playdates with an adult. Encouraging your preschooler to have drop-off playdates and trying different sport / art classes with new friends, may encourage social emotional skills. The foundation provided in kindergarten prep helps with 1:1 teacher interaction, but it may also help with sharing games, toys and feelings, listening and following directions and rules, attending, being polite, curiosity, turn taking, and separating easily from you.
If you are interested in your preschooler meeting with speech therapist Stephanie Sigal, M.A. CCC-SLP in your Upper East Side home to work on kindergarten prep, please contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stephanie looks forward to hearing from you!