Frequently Asked Questions About The Meeting House
1. Where is The Meeting House located?
We are an independent organization that operates our Afterschool Program at The Parkside School
48 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 (near Columbus Avenue). Our Administrative offices are located at 133 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022. Our office phone number is (212) 355-1908.
2. What is the average age of children at The Meeting House?
Children at The Meeting House are generally 9 years old, with children ranging from 7 to 12 years of age. The Children at Meeting House Juniors are 4 to 6 years old.
3. My child already attends a social group or a one-to-one therapy session. Will I need to eliminate those services for my child to attend The Meeting House?
Absolutely not. We feel very strongly that all therapists on a child’s team need to work together to help facilitate skills for our children. The Meeting House can be an adjunct to any other therapy session your child receives, either in or outside of school.
Children Who Benefit From Our Program
Our groups are designed to benefit children who have strong skills in most areas but need additional support around friendship development, social skills and communication development. The Meeting House provides a fun-filled and safe environment where youngsters can actively participate in a series of recreational after-school classes.
Meeting House attracts a diverse community of students from a wide range of schools throughout Manhattan. Many of the children who attend our groups are succeeding in mainstream, general-education settings but would benefit from the small group structure of an after-school program designed and run by specialists who can help further socialization and communication skill development. We also serve students from public school inclusion programs and schools that serve students with learning differences. Some of the children have previously been involved in individual therapies. Activities at The Meeting House are designed to improve their ability to form friendships and build community in a recreational group setting.
Children who are appropriate for the program are those who:
— Can successfully participate in a group with a teacher-to-student ratio of 1 teacher to 4 children.
— Are 7–12 years old for the elementary school Afterschool program or 4 to 6 years old for the Juniors program.
— Need to work on specific social skills in a small group setting such as:
— Improving eye contact (initiating, sustaining and maintaining)
— Managing anxiety in a group setting
— Staying on topic in a peer setting
— Appropriate use of gesture and nuance
— Taking and waiting for turns during games or other activities
— Learning about non-verbal social cues such as facial expressions and body language
— Improving their ability to focus and pay attention
— Need support with initiation and participation in play or conversation with a peer
These youngsters often:
— Become overwhelmed or over-stimulated in a larger group setting but have the cognitive skills to be successful in a smaller group.
— Have difficulty with coping skills and transitioning
— Have difficulty following directions and attending to activities without support from a grown-up
— Have learning, language or attention issues
Children who are not appropriate for the program are those who:
— Require one-on-one support to function in a social situation
— Have significant medical needs or disabilities that we cannot accommodate
— Have significant emotional and behavioral issues that interfere with group activities
— Have aggressive behavior
— Display inappropriate physical behavior towards themselves and/or others
— Are involved in an intense behavioral program that needs follow-through