GROUP THERAPY SERVICES
The importance of interacting and engaging appropriately with others cannot be understated. Children can struggle with unstructured time associated with recess, play dates, birthday parties and social/family gatherings. It can be difficult to use their language to initiate and sustain social interactions. As children get into the later elementary/middle school years, the social world changes even more. It can become more challenging to make sense of the social environment as social communication becomes more nuanced. The difference lies in more subtle cues that others send as they learn appropriate social expectations in addition to the social code changing. Teaching the tools and strategies needed to initiate and sustain positive social interactions are the cornerstone to social success.
Since such skills do not always come naturally, it is imperative to implement a structured approach (e.g., Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner) to teach social awareness, tools and strategies along with opportunities to practice across settings. After meeting for an initial consultation where a dynamic assessment is provided, goals and recommendations are discussed with caregivers. Once sessions begin, kkills and strategies are taught and practiced in a fun and engaging way. Similar to individual sessions, carryover is key to success. A recap of sessions and key language and strategies is provided at the end of each session.