Can Your Child Benefit from Social Skills Group Therapy? Social Skills Groups are not the same as a traditional play date. They are a supervised, therapeutic process with defined goals that increase social interaction skills. Children who benefit the most from structured social skills groups are those who may not be developing and navigating social skills as comfortably as some other children their age or regularly experience difficulty in social situations or with peers at school. Especially for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning difficulties, cognitive delays, or communication difficulties or delays, learning how to navigate social situations successfully can be challenging.
Regardless of a child's diagnosis, social skills groups effectively increase a child's ability to handle social situations. These groups have been shown to decrease peer rejection, increase confidence, decrease isolation or aggression, and other behavioral problems that may result from problems relating to others.
Heritage Counseling now offers Social Skills Group Counseling for clients currently attending therapeutic services in our practice. These groups are specifically tailored to our client's needs and focus on multiple areas of social development. Groups will be structured with bi-weekly topics, including fun, interactive games, and social experiences. The group is led in our Plano, TX location by Dr. Casey Ferri, PsyD, PLP, and co-led by one of our exceptional play therapists, Muranna Sherwood, MA, LMFT.
Our Social Skills groups will meet bi-weekly and include 4-8 children, similar in age and developmental level, with a focus on growth in the following areas:
Non-verbal communication skills
Eye contact, whole-body listening, joint attention, personal space, body language
Verbal Communication skills
Introductions, starting, maintaining, and finishing conversations, compliments, asking questions, conversational skills, reciprocal conversations
Exploring good friendship characteristics, asking for plans, and conversation topics, finding things in common
Recognizing and expressing emotion
Understanding perspectives, kindness, apologizing, stress and coping understanding emotions, calm bodies, and brains, positive v. negative thinking
Safe sharing (food, toys, ideas)
Working with others
Unsafe sharing (passwords, personal information, too friendly with strangers)
Compromising, finding solutions, managing rejection, my plan v. other people's plans, making smart guesses
Taking Turns & Playing politely
Going back and forth and being kind during play
Asking for things nicely
Taking turns telling a story and listening
*Parents/caregivers are asked to facilitate the child practicing the skills learned on a daily basis outside of group time.
10 Session Curriculum
Session 1: Focus on Joining and Getting to know each other
Session 2: Focus on Friends and Verbal Communication
Session 3: Focus on Emotion identification and expression
Session 4: Focus on Emotion Regulation and Coping Skills
Session 5: Focus on Taking Turns and Sharing
Session 6: Focus on Decision Making
Session 7: Being Kind to others and Apologies
Session 8: Focus on Sharing
Session 9: Focus on Emotion Regulation
Session 10: Focus on Celebrating Friendship
To learn more about our Social Skill Group offered at Heritage Counseling and Consulting’s Plano office, please call 469-310-1106.