Social Skills Groups – Friendship Club
Our mission for Friendship Club is to offer opportunities to clients who do not have access to social opportunities in natural settings or who require programmed instruction to be successful in social settings while being committed to a service that is sustainable, socially valid, and based in research. Our philosophy is based around the idea that although every client learns differently, with appropriate support, they can succeed. It is critical for clients to have positive interactions with peers and adults in an educational setting. Social skills programs are based on an initial assessment from the child’s family and school team. Groups are formed based on the individual strengths and needs of each child and are therapeutically beneficial for every child. During a group meeting, the group leaders implement specific social skills programming to work toward. Some of the key components of your child’s programming may include: emotional regulation, perspective taking, following group instructions and routines, initiating and responding to peer interactions, generalizing age-appropriate play skills, taking turns and sharing, social awareness, increasing flexibility, attending, joint attention, conversation skills, nonverbal communication, and emotional awareness.