Example Social Skills Topics:
1. Communication skills
a. Greetings, farewells, 2-way conversations
b. Observing peer's interaction/reaction
c. Explore non-verbal communication skills
d. Recognize facial expressions
e. Practice eye contact
g. Friendship Development
i. Initiating play
ii. Finding similarities
iii. Maintaining friendships
iv. Joining others
2. Playing cooperative games
a. Facilitate compromises, negotiation
b. Social Problem Solving
c. Practice taking turns
e. Following directions
f. Practice appropriate winning and losing behaviors
3. Emotions and Coping Skills
a. Exploring emotions and causes
b. Exploring appropriate coping skills
c. Develop problem solving skills
d. Gain control of personal emotions
e. Observe peers and learn to consider other's point of view.
Spring & Summer 2022 Groups
Groups begin end of Spring 2022
Group space is limited.
1. Teens: Going into Senior Year
(11th grade high school students)
2. Young-teens: Going into High School
(8th grade students)
2. Pre-teens: Going into Middle School
(5th & 6th grade students)
Group space is limited.
I. Hiding Behind the Smile:
Overcoming Anxiety and Depression
II. Too Fast to Get Furious:
8 Week Anger Management Group
III. ASD Peer Group:
Developing Friendships with ABA Skills
IV. Memoires of Hidden Scars:
Group Therapy for Adolescents that experience self-mutilation
Peer Group Scheduling
Each group is unique and formulated based on the individual clients’ needs and overall family goals.
As each child is different, each group is different, so I design the weekly topics and activities based on that specific group's needs and the goals set with parents during intake, (prior to the beginning of group).
1. Prior to the start of peer social skills group, parents will schedule a meeting to complete an intake; assess for current needs and formulate general goals.
2. I will solidify goals and email to parent(s)
a. Based on the assessment, we will then agree which group best fits your child
b. I will provide week one general topics and possible activities several days prior to session #1 so you have the opportunity to help prep your child
3. Peer Social Skills Group Begins
4. Group graduation
5. Follow up appointment post group termination
· For younger children, weekly meetings are 1 hour for 8 weeks
· For children middle school and high school age, weekly 1.5-hour meetings
o Depending on child’s assessment, 1-hour meetings for 8 weeks is also available, as needed
· Weekly handouts are included each week for the family to have ideas to continue practicing skills outside of group sessions
· Group graduation (celebration / generalization opportunity) is dependent on participates age and common goals.