Social skills groups address 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, conversation 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.
We run social skills groups for children beginning from the age of four to high school adolescents, with each group focusing specifically on this age group's needs, anxieties, demands and many more.
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?
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 14 weeks with the first and last session a family meeting with our team psychologist/psychotherapist or speech and language therapist.