Friendships and positive peer relationships are an extremely important part of a child’s healthy development. Consequently, social rejection and lack of peer support can be a devastating experience for children and adolescents, impacting their school functioning and even future relationships.

Social Skills Group Therapy consists of small groups of three to six children, ranging in ages 4 to 16. Children are grouped by age and ability and therapy consists of interactive group activities aimed at developing skills and confidence based on each child’s strengths and weaknesses within a supportive peer context. While each group is uniquely designed and scheduled in accordance with the selected participants, sessions typically run weekly for an 8-week period and meet for an hour to 1 1/2 hours, and include a parent feedback/training component throughout the sessions. All groups are led by a clinical psychologist and co-therapist.

Social Skills Groups are generally appropriate for children with difficulties in the following areas: shyness, social isolation, adjustment disorders, ADHD, learning disorders and other social or behavioral difficulties. Special groups are arranged for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

Research shows that social skills training can help children progress across various areas of functioning by:

  • Building Self-Esteem/Confidence
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Reading Social Cues
  • Increasing Problem-Solving
  • Understanding Perspective Taking
  • Managing Stress/Anxiety
  • Emphasizing Cooperation