SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS
We offer the two most evidence based & effective approaches for teaching people social-emotional skills. PEERS® and DIR® Floortime.
For our older social learners, we use 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. We couple the PEERS® curriculum with Social Thinking®, which 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. You can learn more about PEERS® here: www.semel.ucla.edu/peers
For our younger social learners ( 8 and younger), we offer DIR Floortime® . DIR Floortime® is rooted in the science of human development and can sound technical at times, but it is also simple. It is a pathway to promote healthy development in a respectful manner that builds connections, understanding, love, communication, and engagement. The objectives of the DIR model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing exclusively on skills and isolated behaviors. You can learn more about DIR Floortime® here: www.icdl.com/dir
OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE.
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!
HOW'S THIS WHOLE THING WORK?
FIRST- WE MEET YOUR FAMILY AND CHILD TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT PEER GROUP WILL BE MOST APPROPRIATE
THEN WE WILL PLACE YOUR CHILD IN A GROUP WITH DEVELOPMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY APPROPRIATE PEERS
DURING GROUP YOUR CHILD WILL BEPROVIDED INSTRUCTION & GUIDANCE AND ALSO OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE WITH PEERS.
YOU ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THEIR SUCCESS AND WILL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY AS WELL WITH HOMEWORK/ PRACTICE AND ENCOURAGEMENT!
WHAT DOES A SOCIAL GROUP AIM TO HELP WITH?
KIDS STRUGGLING TO MAKE OR KEEP FRIENDS
SOCIAL ANXIETY OR SOCIAL AVOIDANCE BEHAVIORS
DIFFICULTIES ENGAGING IN PLAY OR CONVERSATIONS
CHALLENGES IN READING THE SOCIAL CUES OF THOSE AROUND THEM
CONFLICT RESOLUTION WITH PEERS
GETTING KIDS OFF THEIR SCREENS AND FACE TO FACE WITH PEERS MORE!
GETTING STARTED IS EASY
FILL OUT OUR ONLINE
SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE
START THE JOURNEY
Laura Labus, COTA/L
WEEK TO WEEK FAQ'S
GROUPS MEET WEEKLY AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE.
GROUPS ARE ONLY RUN OUT OF OUR EDMOND LOCATION
GROUPS COST $40 PER WEEKLY SESSION.
GROUPS RUN YEAR ROUND
MEET THE TEAM
Maria Vorel, M.A.