How do I know if my child needs a social skills group?

We are often asked how a social skills group can be beneficial for children and what sort of skills we work on.  

The biggest question?  "How do I know if my child needs a social skills group?"  

Think about your child and their daily routines and functioning.  If you can answer 'yes' to three or more of these questions, we can help!

Does your child have difficulty with:

 We love to share!

We love to share!

- sharing?

- making friends?

- personal space? 

- self-confidence?

 Practicing some pretend play skills

Practicing some pretend play skills

- pretend play?

- making eye contact?

- asking for help?

- aggression?

- impulsivity or self control?

- hyperactivity?

- following rules?

- accepting being told "no?"

 Our group social story

Our group social story

- attending to group activities?

- fixating on certain topics?

- anxiety?

- temper tantrums?

- appropriately gaining attention?

- good sportsmanship?

- problem solving?

 Following directions during an obstacle course

Following directions during an obstacle course

- following directions?

- communicating their needs to others?

- speaking to peers?

- waiting patiently?

- taking turns?

- playing appropriately?

- understanding the sequence of events?

 Holding hands is a great way to show your friends you care!

Holding hands is a great way to show your friends you care!

- appropriately showing affection with friends?

- transitions?

- joining in games?

- making choices?

- shyness?

 

 

 

 

 

Believe it or not, the above social skills are typically used throughout each day of your child's life.  Some children struggle with many (or all!) of these skills and may have a hard time expressing those challenges.  Their frustration may be expressed in other ways such as isolating themselves, avoiding play with others, anxiety, or temper tantrums.  Your child may not be giving you a hard time - they may be having a hard time!

Whether your child struggles with a severe deficit in any or all of the above skills or just needs a little extra practice, we can help!  Our social skills groups focus on promoting pro-social interactions in a fun and supportive environment.  

Contact us today for more information on how we can help!  

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