Social Skills Groups
This inclusive Social Skills group teaches a variety of social skills to help improve relatedness, self-confidence, behavior behave more appropriately.
Social Skills groups are rolling and ongoing primarily defined by age and developmental level.
To reserve a place for your little one or to find out more about our groups, please call our center at 201-894-5800.
Social Skills Groups are beneficial for children who are struggling with:
- Feelings of anxiety, sadness or moodiness
- Difficulty making and maintaining friendships
- Misinterpreting social cues
- Issues with separations and independence
- Difficulty creating and maintaining friends
- Feelings of rejection by peers and difficulties in understanding why?
- Debilitating shyness
- Difficulty sharing and taking turns
- Poor Communication Skills
- Groups meet once a week for 45 minute sessions
- Groups average 4-6 children
- Parents will receive individual feedback on their child’s progress in the group
- Groups run for 12-14 weeks with the first and last session a family meeting with our team psychologist/psychotherapist or speech and language therapist.
More about WHY SSG?
Social skills groups enhance a variety of social skills concerns, such as HOW to help children make and maintain friendships, develop self-confidence, and behave appropriately. Social skills groups deal with active listening, conversational skills, problem solving, anger management, teasing and bullying, management of negative feelings, sharing and compromising, and identifying and understanding personal emotions as well as the feelings of others.
Children are taught how to read social cues and how to react accordingly. During group sessions, role-plays and group interactions are used so the children can practice all the newly taught skills. The therapists use behavioral reinforcements to encourage rule compliance, involvement, and use of appropriate social skills, while also encouraging and supporting the children to practice these skills outside of the session.
Social skills groups are beneficial for children who may exhibit one or more of the following difficulties:
- Conversational Skills: Compromise, Cooperation, & Competition
- Body Space Issues: Assertiveness not Aggressiveness
- Making and Keeping Friends: Problem Solving
- Facial Expressions and Body Language: Winning and Losing
Individual goals will be established for your child, based on assessments that will include input from parents, teachers and other dominant figures in your child’s life.
The Social Skills group is a 10-14 session’s commitment. Payment is expected in advance. The Groups are run by trained psychotherapists and/or Behavioral Therapists on staff.
For more information, please contact FOCUS at 201-894-5800 to reserve your child’s spot in one of our upcoming groups. We can provide you with CPT code to support with reimbursement from your insurance, however we do not accept Insurance for SSG.