Now Enrolling For In-Person Social Skills Groups!
The team at Knippenberg, Patterson, Langley and Associates have been working tirelessly to bring our research-based, social-skills groups in a COVID protected enviroment. We are very encouraged with the positive feedback we have received and will continue to make modifications as needed. Here are some changes we’ve made to allow for maxium benifit and the highest saftey should we beable to conduct groups online.
Reduced Group Size
The smaller number creates flexibility, and in-depth personalization for group members. This structure allows for meeting in-person following social-distancing guidelines and if needed on our encrypted Zoom platform.
Consistency is very important in our groups, but we also recognize that taking breaks is equally as important. We have adapted an open-enrollment model allowing for group participants to enter groups and take breaks where necessary. We’ve also increased the allowed excused absence rate to eight.
Redefining of Social and Emotional Goals
Typical group activities have been replaced with finding innovative ways to connect with group members, deepen mental awareness and work through new challenges. Group members have found groups a place to let go of many of the frustrations experienced in their new daily routines and through the group model members have offered incredible support to one another.
Addressing Depression, Anxiety and Isolation
As summer quickly approaches, we believe that children who struggle to make or keep friends may feel increased isolation, depression and anxiety as school adjourns for the summer. For many children school is their only source of connection beyond social media. Our group model has been designed to address these very needs.
For many children, the group members have formed meaningful friendships with each other, which has helped alleviate the feeling of loneliness many socially isolated kids are experiencing. They also practice how to build healthy social connections and work through conflicts.
Maintaining Connection as Social-Distancing Lifts
Socialization groups are goal driven and results oriented for children experiencing difficulty in with their social skills. 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.
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.