What Parents Want to Know
Is this “therapy” or “tutoring?”
Our small group workshops for kids and teens are not formal therapy or tutoring. If your child is in therapy then our classes give them another forum to practice their evolving skills. Our groups were created so that we could offer specialized instruction to all kids who need a little “boost” in language, literacy, problem solving, and social skills whether they have a formal diagnosis or not.
But don’t you also offer individual speech therapy and dyslexia tutoring?
Yes, we have a limited number of spots for individual diagnostic, speech-language therapy, and tutoring appointments. We are also happy to put you in contact with one of our trusted sources for individual therapy or tutoring if needed.
Why do you meet with each child/parent before and after the group workshops?
Simply put, because it makes your child’s experience more fun and more productive. Our pre-workshop meetings let us get to know your child and what they like. For example, if your child is in the StoryPlay workshop and likes animals, or fashion, or baseball…we can tailor our content so that the characters and plots we build are interesting to your child. We also use formal testing to make sure that we are rigorous in our efforts to customize each workshop to your child’s level of skill and understanding.
What formal tests do you use?
Because each of our programs target different skills, we use different tests for each. For StoryPlay we use the Monitoring Indicators of Scholarly Language (MISL) to track progress in narrative skills. For SocialStory we use the Pragmatic Language Skills Inventory (PLSI) to understand your child’s social skills. For StoryProblems we have collaborated with Dr. Theo Dawson at Lectica (https://discotest.lectica.org/visitors/anatomy.php) to track progress in critical thinking skills. For SmallStory we use the Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale and/or the PreSchool Language Scale (PLS-4).
How many students are in each workshop?
We limit our enrollment to 6 students per class.
Do you have a place for me to wait while my child is in class
Yes. You are welcome to wait in the reception area at Story Stage, but don’t expect it to be quiet! The active, collaborative nature of our group learning model means that you’ll probably be able to hear us “working” (i.e giggling, moving around, having fun).
Do you offer make-up sessions if my child is sick or needs to miss a class?
Because we work together in groups, make-up sessions are difficult. We would love to make-up your lesson, and we do understand that kids get sick and things happen, but recreating the group every time someone has to miss is not something we can do. We will do our very best to get your child up to speed when he returns.