PALS

The Play and Learning to Socialise programme (PALS) has been designed by educational psychologists for children from 3 to 6 years old.

 

Children are taught constructive ways to solve problems that arise in social situations. This is done through stories acted out by puppets, videos, probe questions, role-play and songs.

 

PALS consists of ten sessions, each focusing on a particular skill. One skill builds on another so that the programme gradually progresses to the more complex skills required for social interactions.

 

The skills taught each session are:

 

  1. Greeting others
  2. Taking turns: talking and listening
  3. Taking turns at play
  4. Sharing
  5. Asking for help
  6. Identifying feelings
  7. Empathy
  8. Overcoming fear & anxiety
  9. Managing frustration
  10. Calming down

 

Each session lasts for 20 to 30 minutes. Puppets are used through the sessions to act out the scenarios. The children enjoy meeting their new friends each week.