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What are social skills?  Social skills are generally referred to as the unspoken set of rules one is guided by as we interact with others.  For some, those rules are learned by following the examples,  accurately reading a social situation and responding accordingly, or by adjusting  and modifying our behavior in response to feedback we receive.  For others, the acquisition of these skills is not a natural occurrence.  Social skill or social cognition can absolutely be increased.  Contact me for more information, or read below to find out about our ongoing social skills group.

Got Friends?
Social Skills Learning Groups

Join ongoing dyads and groups to learn how to make friends and develop relationships.

 Build strategies, skills and self-esteem.
Groups available for pre/k-12

 Your child is invited to participate in an ongoing group of 2-4 peers to develop social thinking skills that will enable him or her to learn socially appropriate strategies necessary to make friends and build relationships.

Got Friends? is designed for students experiencing difficulty navigating social waters.   It is appropriate for children who do well in academics but have trouble making friends and interpreting social cues.

Children with Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, or those without diagnosis but socially struggling  benefit greatly by learning how to develop social cognition/social thinking skills necessary for developing and maintaining healthy and successful peer relationships.

Students develop a repertoire of strategies or a “social skills toolbox” focusing on:

  • Accurately Reading and Responding to Body Language and Non-Verbal Cues  
  • The Speaker – Listener Dynamic – How not to be a Conversation Hog
  • Perspective Taking (seeing someone else’s point of view),
  • Rules of Conversation
  • Problem Solving for Social Scenarios
  • How to Join a Group
  • Initiating Social Exchanges
  • Developing  and Maintaining Friendships

  Groups will meet 1x per week for 60 minutes.  Groups will contain 2-4 members organized by age/grade and social competence skills.  Individual sessions can be arranged to supplement the program as well.

Sessions involve hands on exercises and activities, role playing, written information and opportunities to build confidence in their abilities, raising awareness of themselves and others.   The result will be an elevated perspective on the expectations and requirements of social behavior, and an available skill set to meet the challenge.

Contact Me to Learn about Existing Social Group Availability.

Development: Steve Lienhard & Melody Sharp