Thursday Evenings and Saturday mornings
Announcing Upcoming Social Skills Series
What are social skills?
Social skills are the skills that are needed to interact and communicate with others daily. The foundational skills of social skills include play, self-regulation, planning, expressive and receptive language, attention, and concentration.
Social Skill Group Benefits
Social skill groups can help kids develop and practice important life skills including how to establish and maintain positive relationships and conversations with peers and adults.
How do I know if my child has difficulties with social skills? They might exhibit the following:
- Avoids eye contacts or stares individuals fixedly
- Unable to take turns communicating with partners
- Struggles to use appropriate body language
- Interrupts other frequently
- Talks at you versing engaging in conversation
- Unable to start and end conversations appropriately
- Talks with unusual speed, pinch, volume and tone of voice
- Discloses too much information to unfamiliar people (including strangers)
- Struggles to respond appropriately when asked to change their actions
- Difficulty listening to peers and adults
- Difficulty think before speaking
- Unaware of others feelings and fails to read other people’s feelings based on verbal and non-verbal communication
- Shows little interest in what the other person has to say
- Tends to talk about topics of their own interests
- Unable to respond to teasing, anger, failure and disappointment appropriately
- Lacks imagination
- Negative communication and interaction with others
- Difficulty following rules or directions
- Appears self-centered
- Lacks empathy towards others
How can Occupational Therapy Family Services Help?
We focus on the foundational skills as well as other social skills in a fun, engaging, and positive environment through play and activities and crafts. Each series is planned to focus on specific skills while facilitating peer-to-peer interaction. The courses are designed by two occupational therapists that work closely with the needs of the children. Children are grouped appropriately based on developmental levels (age, strengths, communication, etc…). Our goal is to help children maximize their social “independence” to help develop and build social confidence. Social skill classes are not play groups.
Who can benefit from social skills classes?
Children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, ADHD, Anxiety, Anxiety and many more. Occupational Therapy Family Services, LLC doesn’t require a specific diagnosis for social skill groups.
Group sessions are $50 per class or 200 for four weeks. Please contact us for pricing concerns. We will match the children based on their ages and needs. Sibling courses are also available.
Individual sessions are $50 per class. Individuals sessions are recommended for children who need to learn how to maintain attention before they can apply it to peers in a group setting. Individual sessions can also address disruptive or behavioral problems that we would not want to discuss in front of the child’s peers. Individual classes are designed to meet a specific need. It is best to have classes in a community space such as a library, park, etc…
Individual sessions may be recommended if there is not an appropriate social skills group available (topic, age, developmental age).
What is the next step?
Contact us today to get started or complete the referral form and email to email@example.com
We will have you fill out an intake form and then get your child signed up for the classes.
How do classes occur?
Classes are virtual on Thursday evenings and in-person on Saturday mornings. Saturday morning classes occur in community spaces such as a library or parks. Face masks are required for all in person classes.
Thursday evening classes occur virtually through a secure platform. You will get an email with a link to join the session. Just click on the link and you are entered into the course. You will receive weekly reminders for the class.
“Photo from previous Class”
Activity to work on patience and attention.
“Photo from previous class”
Teamwork and communication activity.
“Photo from previous class”
Listening and following direction activity.
Building marshmallow and toothpick sculptures helped build skills related to listening, direction following, fine motor coordination and hand manipulation. It also worked on building patience as often times our first plan didn’t work out.
- What are emotions?
- Recognizing emotions in self and others
- Coping strategies
- Problem solving
- Understanding transitions
Strong Emotions “Anger”
Anger is a strong emotion that can swirl around inside of us until it eventually boils over. This demonstration was done in our “Emotions” 4 week series where we took a look at the following emotions: Happiness/Joy, Anger, Sadness and Jealousy. We learned how to recognize the emotion and positive coping strategies and interactions with others.
Art Themed Social skills Groups: working on direction following, listening, sharing and taking turns. We made owls and turkeys. Happy Fall.
These pictures are from our course on emotions with transitions. Transitions can be hard especially when we are really enjoying what we are doing. It is important to practice switching tasks and understand our feelings while doing so.