The first step in joining a group is participating in an initial evaluation. During this evaluation the therapist meets with the parent(s)/caregiver(s) to gather a family history, background information, and detailed information regarding the childs current problem(s). The therapist also meets with the child in order to get to know them better. During this time, the therapist talks to the child about the group, answers any questions they may have, and assess the child to make sure they are placed in a group with other children with similar needs and goals.
Group therapy provides an individual with the knowledge that they are not alone; that there are others experiencing similar problems to their own. Group therapy provides a supportive and open environment for the members to share their problems, to support one another, to give and recieve constructive feedback and to improve their coping skills. Being in a group can also provide an individual with a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Social Skills Groups
We provide social skills groups for children aged kindergarten to high school. Depending on the age of the group we may include games, art, and/or play, to help your child have a fun experience while learning the important skills we are teaching them. Social skills provide the basis for all interactions that we have, whether its having good eye contact, having appropriate non verbal communication, listening and following directions, or cooperating appropriately in a group assignment, social skills are very important for success in life.
Topics typically covered in social skills groups: