Now Enrolling For The 2018-2019 School Year!
Social skills groups are goal driven and results oriented for children experiencing difficulty in social situations. Groups are for children kindergarten through young adult. Socialization Groups help teach age-specific social skills. During the group we address issues such as making friends, handling and expressing frustrations, improving self-confidence and self-concept, and cooperation with peers and adults.
Groups have been designed for children and teens that experience the following:
- Acting-out or withdrawing in social situations
- Poor self-image
- Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Children who need practice in social situations.
Group members participate in structured, creative activities designed to deal with self-image and symptomatic behaviors such as teasing, fighting, inappropriate silliness, and failure to participate in activities. Group discussions, role-plays, and exercises illustrate concepts such as cooperation, sharing, teamwork, handling teasing, non-verbal appreciation, and the awareness of feelings. Through consistent coaching, group facilitators use positive reinforcement, cognitive restructuring, and the modeling of appropriate social interaction to facilitate self-awareness and behavioral changes in group members.
Enrollment is conducted before the beginning of the group (September thru October for school year sessions, and March thru June for summer sessions).
Due to the specialized nature of our social/emotional development groups, an initial no-cost evaluation session is offered to parents and students whose presenting issues fall within the treatment range for our unique model. For students whose presenting problems fall outside this range, or for those who present with more significant difficulties, we will offer a more appropriate referral within or outside of our practice.
Two additional evaluations are offered at no charge to parents throughout the group enrollment to evaluate progress, goals, and challenges.