Our groups focus on:
- Picking up on nonverbal communication
- Developing socially appropriate responses
- Making friends
- Building strong social relationships
- Organization, tone and other elements important to relationships
- Social anxiety
- Coming out of your shell
- Developing and showing empathy
- Asymmetrical and symmetrical communication skills
The development of face-to-face social skills has becoming more difficult this fast-paced society with its increasingly isolated communities, remote work arrangements and the proliferation of ever changing forms of digital communication. People report growing difficulties finding meaningful connection through communication.
Social skills groups are designed to work with narrowly tailored groups of children, teens, and adults to focus on better connecting and communicating with others. Most of our groups meet weekly and are led by a coach whose job is to guide the conversation, help individuals develop skills to manage anxieties and gain the most out relationships.
The clinician will work with the members of this group to develop communication skills, establish physical and emotional boundaries, develop empathy, learning how to interact better with others, respecting others, taking turns and waiting to speak, non-verbal as well as verbal communication, learning to make friends, and manage anxiety. We believe that these social skills are crucial to living an effective, productive, healthy and happy life.
In the groups for younger children and adolescents the clinician will incorporate work with the children as well as their parents to better establish consistency and create an environment to maintain and reinforce techniques established in the group setting. Groups for adults incorporate field trips and other real-world experience to get the most out of the group. The clinicians in all the groups utilize group conversation, role planning and peer-to-peer learning to help improve the individual members’ social skills.
While individuals who struggle with executive function disorders, anxiety, ADHD, auditory processing disabilities and visual processing disabilities often struggle most with social skills, many who have none of those conditions – who are feeling isolated, alone and without the tools to improve – can benefit from these groups. Our hope is that everyone who participates in our groups gain some insight and guidance that will be helpful to you. Specific social skills groups, with their start dates, are listed on this page.