Social challenges can be daunting for children and it can impede on development and independent functioning. Children need to acquire basic self-management skills to be able to exercise self-discipline and manage their expressions of negative emotions. We provide a range of social skills groups addressing these challenges. The groups include conversational practice, skills building exercises such as role playing, social games and activities.

These groups specifically benefit children with social processing difficulties related to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Pervasive Development Disorders
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
  • Semantic and Pragmatic Disorders
  • Communication Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disorders
  • Neurological Impairments
  • Chronic Pediatric Illness

The groups address social functions such as:

  • Conversational turn-taking and topic management
  • Listening skills
  • Social reasoning and problem solving
  • Initiating interactions and joining peer group activities
  • Social rules and conventions
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Perspective taking

Young children who exhibit healthy social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment are more likely to have good academic performance in elementary school (Cohen and others 2005; Zero to Three 2004).

As such, our social activities are aimed at building all forms of communication skills necessary for social environment and school readiness.