~Elementary School Social Skills Groups

Developmentally appropriate social skills groups available for:

  • 6-8 year olds
  • 9-11 year olds

The Child and Family Art Therapy Center is proud to offer social skills groups for elementary school children. All girl or all-boys groups are available. The developmental needs of the elementary school child is to develop a sense of competence and self confidence as they move farther into their social and academic world. The 6-11 year old is developing a sense of “I can handle my feelings and impulses”, and “I can handle friendship situations.” Our child-friendly groups don’t feel like “therapy”, because of the emphasis on fun, friendship, and rewards. However, important work is done by children – both with and without a formal diagnosis. Bright, verbal children seem to make the greatest progress in our groups due to the extremely cognitive social lessons. Children experience:

  • Warm, experienced therapists with specific training and experience in the treatment of social deficits
  • Structured, strength based, and success-oriented weekly 1-hour sessions
  • Socialization is practiced through activities such as art, games, building/construction projects, cooperative play, and conversation. No art talent or fine motor coordination necessary for maximum success!
  • A “Social Thinking” curriculum (Michelle Garcia-Winner) taught in brief (10-minute) visual, active, and fun teaching strategies. Social Thinking teaches HOW to think through different social situations in order to choose the best possible behavior for each situation. Knowing what to do and how to do it IS self esteem and IS friendship!
  • A positive reward system that creates a sense of social success (motivates and rewards children to repeat and practice pro-social behaviors)
  • A small group experience; group size is limited to 4 children
  • An assessment of your child’s needs and level of functioning that leads to a thoughtful placement of your child in an appropriate group.
  • A program tailored to the unique thinking style and treatment needs of children with social developmental challenges, including:

Learning Disabilities, Communication Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome,

Sensory Integration Disorder, PDD, ADHD, and Tourette’s Syndrome