Social Skills Group Therapy
It can be tough out there in the social world. Not all kids naturally know the ins and outs of making and keeping friends, communicating effectively or navigating complex social situations. It’s similar to not being a natural at math or spelling. Some “subjects” come easily to some, and some “subjects” need extra attention, practice and training.
Teachers, psychologists, therapists, and doctors alike are recommending social skills groups as a helpful and essential type of therapy, training, and enrichment for more and more kids every day.
Are social skills groups the right answer for your child?
Social Skills group therapy isn’t just for a specific group of kids anymore, it can be for any child, diagnoses or not. We work with Kids who have ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, NLD, Learning Disabilities or kids who just struggle to make and keep friends.
Is your child or teen:
- Struggling to join in and connect with peers?
- Having a difficult time reading social cues & navigating social situations?
- In need of practice being more assertive and more confident with peers?
We take group placement very seriously so we can find the right fit for each child. Our social skills groups offer kids a safe and supportive place to work on & practice the essential skills for making and keeping friends.
What skills do we work on?
- Joining In with Peers
- Making and Maintaining Friendships
- Communicating, Cooperating, & Compromising
- Learning to be Flexible
- Conversation Skills
- Reading and Understanding Social Situations
- Empathy -Perspective Taking
- Using Impulse Control
- Sharing & Turn-Taking
- Managing Frustrations
- Nonverbal Communication Skills
- Eye contact
- Tone of voice
- Personal Space
- Body Language
- Understanding humor and sarcasm
- Appropriate use of humor
- Feeling comfortable with peers
- Having fun with friends
Social Skills Group Therapy Q & A
What is all this talk about social skills?
Social skills are a big thing right now. From social skills group therapy to social skills enrichment, teachers, psychologists, therapists, and doctors alike are recommending this helpful and essential type of therapy, training, and enrichment for more and more kids every day. It can be tough out there in the social world; not all children and teenagers naturally know the ins and outs of making and keeping friends, communicating with others effectively, and how to best navigate the complexity of social situations. It’s similar to not being a natural at math or spelling. Some “subjects” come easily to some, and some “subjects” need extra attention, practice, and training.
Who would benefit from a social skills group?
Social skills are moving in a different direction these days. The truth is, social skills group therapy isn’t just for a specific group of kids anymore, it can be for any child, diagnoses or not. Social skills groups have begun to be viewed as a mainstream enrichment program rather than an intensive type of therapy. For this reason, Child Therapy Boston runs all sorts of different social skills groups ranging from groups for children and teens with ADHD and Anxiety, to children and teens who need practice becoming more assertive and confident, as well as groups for children and teens with Aspergers and other diagnoses. Child Therapy Boston also runs a specialized type of social skills group specifically for children who are adopted.
What do children and teens do in Social Skills Groups at Child Therapy Boston?
In our groups, children and teens participate in fun and dynamic games, activities, team work challenges, art projects, conversations, play, and improvisational acting. Groups are fun, engaging, and exciting so that group members are connecting with each other and enjoying themselves. The goal is to create as much of a natural environment as possible to ensure the likelihood that children and teens can generalize and use the skills and feedback from group when they are at school or with their friends.
What is the process like to join a social skills group at Child Therapy Boston?
Children and teens are placed in groups based on appropriate fit rather than strictly based on age or diagnoses. An intake session is required to establish goals, get to know the child or teen, and to determine the best fit for a group. Groups typically run the length of the school year and regular attendance is required unless 24 hour notice is given in advance. A full school year commitment is certainly not required. At the end of each group, parents are either debriefed or emailed to learn about the skills we have worked on that day, activities that we used, and what they can do at home to help reinforce the skills. Information about individual group participants is of course kept confidential during the parent “wrap-up”.
Why are social skills groups so helpful?
The great thing for children, teens and parents is that the groups are so much fun! During our groups, there is no harsh criticism, only coaching and gentle or humorous feedback. During our groups children and teens end up having some of the most positive social experiences that they have had in a long time. These positive experiences help build self-confidence and children and teens gain proof that they can be socially successful. This will make them more likely to use these skills outside of the group. Social skills group therapy and social skills enrichment not only provide kids and teens with a tool box full of skills, they gain confidence and a repertoire of real life experiences to draw from. It’s a recipe for progress and success!
What skills do you work on?
· Joining In with Peers
· Making and Maintaining Friendships
· Communicating, Cooperating, & Compromising
· Learning to be Flexible
· Conversation Skills
· Reading and Understanding Social Situations
· Empathy -Perspective Taking
· Using Impulse Control
· Sharing & Turn-Taking
· Managing Frustrations
· Nonverbal Communication Skills
· Eye contact
· Tone of voice
· Personal Space
· Body Language
· Understanding humor and sarcasm
· Appropriate use of humor
How do I sign my child up?
You will need to contact Child Therapy Boston to set up an intake at 781-400-2641 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fabulous Ms. Alison Ratner Mayer does a weekly social skills group with my daughter at her school. She is professional, experienced, and creative. She does a great job of building rapport with the kids before challenging them with games and situations that may bring social awkwardness, requiring the children to come out of their comfort zone. She writes parents detailed notes, informing us of the group’s progress while still respecting the confidentiality of individual students. She is a wonderful resource for parents and is very open to questions. I am so pleased she is working with my daughter. – “Mom of 3”