Play is a child's work and this is not a trivial pursuit" - Alfred Adler
SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP INFORMATION
Children who are 3-6 years-old are in the developmental process of becoming more independent, while also developing the capacity for cooperation and thinking about others. Often times children in this age group struggle in social settings with peers for a number a reasons. The purpose of a Social Skills Group is to help children become aware of their actions and how their actions affect others. Facilitators of the group help children work towards gaining and/or enhancing positive relationships with adults and peers through therapeutic interventions that meet the need of each child.
Who should attend a social skills group?
Does your child struggle to play in a positive manner (sharing, taking turns, being a good friend, social negotiation, communication, empathy for others, cooperation) with peers? A social skills group is great for children who could benefit from positive play interactions. If you feel your child struggles with following rules, playing fairly, approaching peers appropriately during a play situation, communication during play, cooperation in play situations, developing friendships, resolving conflict, recognizing and labeling emotions, recognizing how their actions affect others, new environments and new people, and negotiating through social conflicts than a Social Skills groups is a perfect setting to help children work through this problems.
Why are social skills important?
Social development is closely related to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and linguistic development of a child. Through healthy interactions, children develop social skills that are necessary to flourish in group settings now and in the future. Positive and appropriate social skills in early childhood, help children to develop and maintain healthy relationships, which in turn, helps children to develop a strong personal identity. Learning how to work well with others at a young age is a skill that children will carry with them as they grow and develop.
Skills we will focus on during the groups.
Empathizing with others, assertiveness, appropriately approaching others during play, playing fairly and following rules, self-responsibility (regulating their own behavior), self-regulation, communication, and positive play interactions, cooperation, developing friendships, accepting consequences of actions, and resolving conflict.
What is positive play?
Positive play is when a child can interact with peers through appropriate touch, communication, sharing, social negotiations, and following rules.
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