FRIENDS CLUB: A SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP
If your child or teen struggles with social skills, a social skills group could help. While many kids learn to say “please” and “thank you” and to wait their turn from observing others, kids with learning and attention issues might not pick up on common social interactions simply through observation.
Social skills include far more than the ability to communicate with other people. They’re crucial to making friends, succeeding in school and, later in life, getting/keeping a job.
What are social skills groups?
Our "Friends Club", or social skills groups, are small groups (typically two to eight kids) led by an ABA Specialist who teaches the kids how to interact appropriately with others their age through child led interactions. At PEERS San Diego, we focus on conversational, friendship and problem-solving skills during play using Pivitol Response Training (PRT). Our program also shows our kids how to control their emotions and understand the perspective of others.
How do social skills groups work?
The group facilitator leads kids through exercises to learn the skills needed to deal with whatever social challenge they’re facing. Most of these meetings include a chance for kids to role-play or practice social skills—and to get feedback on how they’re doing. Our 6 week program include a fun age appropriate outing/activity that carries the lessons on outside of a "classroom" setting.
What are the benefits of social skills groups?
Your child will learn important skills that they’ll use the rest of their personal and professional lives. This includes learning how to:
• Greet others • • Maintain a conversation • • Start a conversation •
• Share and take turns • • Respond to others • • Ask for help •
Who can benefit most from social skills groups?
Social skills groups are best for kids who aren’t developing social skills as quickly as their peers. This may include kids with ADHD, kids with nonverbal learning disabilities, kids with social communication challenges and other types of learning or behavior issues, and those who may have trouble picking up on social cues, like body language, tone of voice and facial expressions.