All social skills groups are divided into small, age-appropriate peer groups.
Groups are led by a licensed Speech – Language Pathologist and target verbal and nonverbal expressive language skills, receptive language skills, and effective communication strategies with peers. Play-based skills such as sharing, turn taking, and joint attention are also addressed.
The focus of this group is to help children interact appropriately with others, while learning how to communicate, develop and maintain relationships, acquire and implement problem solving skills, gain control over emotions, and become aware of other’s point of view.
Groups are designed with the primary objective of helping children communicate appropriately according to their developmental age. While engaged in structured group activities, members will learn how to use the skills they observe daily in a small group of their peers through demonstrations and positive reinforcement.
Children learn social skills and customary rules of communication such as politeness markers, appropriate social distancing, appropriate facial expressions, conversational turn taking, and topic maintenance through observing the interactions of others around them. This group is designed to provide explicit instruction of these social rules through facilitated play-based activities and social interactions with peers.
Social skills groups offer great benefits to children as they acquire skills and confidence to manage everyday social interactions. These skills will remain beneficial throughout their lives.
3 - 5
6 - 8