Social Skills Groups

 

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  'Pooh!' he whispered.
'Yes, Piglet?'
'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. 'I just wanted to be sure of you.'"
  
A.A. Milne

 

Call or email for more information or to reserve your child's spot in an upcoming group!

 

Social skills groups provide a structured setting for minor children (18 and under) to learn and practice social skills in a safe environnment. Such children may develop social skills at a slower pace than their peers and require direct instruction in such skills, along with supervised settings in which to practice the skills with other cihldren of the same age. Although coming easily to and often taken for granted by many, social skills are complicated and are very important to overall life success. On a more immediate level, all parents want to see their children have friends and enjoy companionship. However, some children struggle with various types of social skills. Their struggle may be the result of social reticence (shyness), anxiety, lack of social exposure, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, depression, or other conditions. Regardless of the reason, our social skills groups aim to improve the skills of socially struggling kids. Examples of just some areas focused on in the social skills groups include: 
 

  • Following group rules

  • Listening to others

  • Respecting boundaries/personal space

  • Showing sportsmanship

  • Learning to calm oneself/controlling frustration

  • Learning to disagree appropriately 

  • Dealing with bullies/conflict resolution

  • Maintaining friendships

  • Saying goodbye

  • Initiating conversation/Sustaining conversation

  • Considering the interests of one's conversation partner

  • Taking the perspective of others

  • Sharing/turn-taking

 

The groups include children of a similar age range. Our groups are typically broken down as follows:
 

  • 5-­7 year olds

  • 8-­9 year olds

  • 10-­12 year olds

  • 13-­15 year olds

  • 16-­19 year olds

 

The social skills groups meet on Saturdays, but we may also be adding additional weekday evening times.

 

The fee to participate in the social skills group is $40/session. The groups typically run for 12 sessions, one session per week, and we ask that participants commit to completing an entire 12 week cycle. Children can continue with another 12 week cycle after completing the first one. We are able to bill insurance to cover the cost of the group in some circumstances. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call - 909-989-4055

Email - info@gunnpsych.com

Text - 949-345-1687

Phone: 909-989-4055

Fax: 909-989-8005

 

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