Did you encourage your children to make resolutions this year? Did you make any yourself? You may find it helpful to use the model of behavioral change that scaffolds the curriculum at the Kids Cooperate Social Skills Groups.
Dr. Fogg, founder of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, has developed an effective model of behavioral change that has been a big influence on how we have structured the social skills sessions.
Fogg has identified three conditions that must occur simultaneously to foster behavioral change: Motivation, triggers, and ability. What this looks like in social groups, is a three part cumulative process throughout the hour long session.
The ability comes from clear instruction on pragmatic social skills with as many concrete examples as possible in a way that connects the lesson plan in a relevant way to the children's innate abilities and strengths.
Motivation is supported by the positive and supportive group dynamic. For many of the children that participate, social group may be the most positive peer interaction they have all week, and ongoing sessions give them a chance to form supportive and mutual relationships with other group members. Carefully selected activities provide opportunities for successful interaction.
The peer models and facilitators at Kids Cooperate look for teachable moments within the small activities to offer positive feedback and gentle redirection. This immediate behavioral feedback and prompts mean that interventions in the context of social interaction are more likely to become generalized across setting, creating new and positive habits!