SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS
We combine the two most effective approaches for teaching people social skills. PEERS® and Social Thinking ®.
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) developed at UCLA in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and other socio-emotional difficulties.
Social Thinking is all of the thinking one does before the actual social skill you see and hear. The idea is that kids need to enhance social “thinking” before they can more appropriately use social “skills.”
Social Thinking focuses on helping kids figure out how to observe, process and respond in social situations. Kids are taught to observe and think about their own and others’ thoughts and feelings and use that to help them make social choices that line up with their social goals.
Our goal is to help equip our clients with more confidence and understanding of the social world so they can meet the goals they have within it.
Each group provides not only a safe, inclusive and (hopefully) fun environment for them to learn- but also focusing on natural, unstructured interactions with "teachable moments" throughout as they engage, play and goof off with age and developmentally appropriate peers!