Social Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups

Social skills groups are offered to children and adolescents to help them improve their overall ability to develop and sustain friendships.  Social Skills Groups run for eight consecutive weeks.  Each session lasts one hour, and there are parent “check-ins” every other week, in which the clinician discusses strategies to help children generalize skills to everyday life.  Prior to enrolling in a Social Skills Group, an initial 30-minute intake meeting with you and your child is required to ensure group compatibility.  Groups are organized by age and gender, and focus on the following skill areas:

  • Starting and sustaining conversations
  • Playing cooperatively with others
  • Developing and sustaining friendships
  • Recognizing feelings
  • Having empathy for others
  • Dealing with teasing
  • Actively listening to others
  • Understanding nonverbal gestures