Nearly 4 million school-age children have learning disabilities. A child’s ability to have successful social interactions can be impaired by academic challenges. In addition, 20% of those 4 million school-age children also have an attention related disorder which further challenges their social competence.
All children regardless of ability will benefit from explicit social skills instruction. Teachers and parents may have limited time and resources to parlay social appropriateness. This 10-session Social Skills Group will enable your child to:
- Become aware of their own as well as others’ social skills
- Choose appropriate words and modify their tone or inflection to reflect their intent
- Understand and display acceptable non-verbal cues such as personal space and body/facial gestures
- Recognize emotion in themselves, others and the impact expressing our emotions can have on others
- Appropriately initiate and engage in conversation
- Overcome anxiety or shyness and use relaxation techniques when needed
- Reflect on situations in which they used social skills
- Identify qualities and actions of a good friend and those of a poor friend
- Display successful school/classroom based social skills.
The last session of the program culminates in a celebration for the group that reinforces positive self-esteem.