Social Skills Groups

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:

  • Issues with separations and independence
  • Difficulty creating and maintaining friends
  • Misinterpretations of social cues
  • Feelings of rejection by peers and difficulties in understanding why?
  • Debilitating shyness
  • Difficulty sharing and taking turns
  • ADHD
  • PDD-NOS
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Poor Communication Skills

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.

Issues that will be covered include:

  • 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

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 Ruth at 201-894-5800, ext. 102

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