Social Skills Group
Social Skills Group Offers Nurturing and Effective Guidance for Children with Problems of:
- ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
- ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
- O.D.D. – Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Asperger’s Disorder
- Behavior Problems
- Conduct Disorder
- Teasing by Peers
- Poor Cooperation
- Learning Disabilities
- Social Rejection by Peers
- Anger Outbursts
- Social Anxiety
- Excessive Shyness
- Bossiness to Peers
- Intrusiveness with Peers
Goals of Social Skills Group
Many children have difficulties making and keeping friendships because of inappropriate social skills. Social Skills Group provides children an opportunity to improve friendship skills in a nurturing and therapeutic environment.
Group therapy is the preferred method for treating children with social skills problems. Group therapy allows our therapists to see what the child cannot tell us and what we cannot observe in individual therapy…exactly how the child behaves socially with his/her peers.
Through a highly structured set of lessons, children are taught specific skills in a step by step approach. Role-playing allows opportunity for practice of the skills during group. Each child receives frequent praise and helpful feedback from the therapist and other group members about his/her skills and behavior. Brief homework assignments keep parents aware of what their child is learning and lets the whole family practice the new skills. Positive reinforcement with prizes is utilized to praise appropriate social behavior, increase confidence, and raise self-esteem. Group discussions allow the children to become aware of how their peers perceive them in order to motivate them for improved social skills.
Five Modules of Social Skills
- Friendship Skills: Teaches specific skills in getting along with peers. Children learn skills such as how to meet other children, converse on topic, handle insults and teasing, and resolve conflict.
- Anger Management: Teaches the ABC’s of handling anger. Children learn to identify the cause of their anger, become aware of their behavior when angry, and anticipate the consequences of their anger outbursts. A variety of skills in appropriately expressing and resolving anger is taught with a fun gameboard approach.
- Decision Making: Teaches a step by step method for making choices. Children learn to recognize decision making situations, evaluate their options, anticipate the consequence of those options, and select the best choice.
- Feelings: Teaches children how to identify and label their feelings. Feelings diaries are used to help children learn what emotions they experience, how emotions affect their behavior and what consequences happen as a result.
- Teasing: Teaches a variety of skills for children to use when teased by their peers.
Advanced Social Skills Group
Graduates of the five modules: Children who have mastered the five modules are given the opportunity to continue their growth in social skills by moving into our Advanced Social Skills Group. These groups allow for more personal discussion of feelings, experiences, and problem solving in a less structured group setting. Children learn increased levels of conflict resolution, empathy for others, and mastery of sustaining friendships. Increased feedback from group members and therapist provide higher levels of self-awareness that result in greater motivation for self-improvement and positive change.
Enrollment in Social Skills Group
Enrollment in Social Skills Group is arranged after an Initial Comprehensive Evaluation with one of our therapists. A thorough evaluation is completed in order to determine if Social Skills Group will be of help to your child. We are dedicated to providing only the treatment that we believe will be of help to your child. If group is recommended for your child, he or she is carefully placed in a group that best suits his/her needs according to diagnosis, level of behavioral and social difficulties, age, and gender.