The focus of the social skills classes is to practice interacting with peers in a safe, familiar, and supportive environment. Improvement in children’s self-control, emotional regulation, communication, peer interactions,  self-esteem, confidence, and resiliency are commonly reported by parents.

Following  are examples of skills your child may practice:

  • Showing empathy for someone who gets hurt

  • Getting a peer’s attention

  • Thinking of others when moving through space

  • Waiting for a turn

  • Asking permission to look at something a friend is holding

  • Communicating with words what one is thinking or feeling

  • Problem-solving who goes first

  • Thinking about what a peer might be thinking/feeling

  • Self-monitoring/regulating, (e.g. how loudly one is speaking)

  • Being flexible when something unexpected happens

  • Being part of the group

  • Deciding what to play

  • Managing feelings when something doesn’t feel fair

  • Moving on, if stuck, (e.g. if not allowed to do something)

  • Listening with the whole body, (e.g. eyes, hands, legs, ears)

  • Following rules, (e.g. stopping when asked)

  • Responding appropriately when overwhelmed

  • Respecting others’ personal space

  • Listening to and responding to peers reciprocally

  • Many skills listed on the Self-Regulation page of this website

Groups typically consist of 4-8 children of similar ages, ranging from preschool through middle  school. A child with age-appropriate social skills typically attends the sessions and helps with  these skills. Availability of groups depends on interest, age, skill level, and schedule.

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