SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS

Social Gamers - Wednesdays at 5:00

Social Skills Groups are now forming at the Lancaster clinic.

SpeechPath Ohio’s social skills groups are designed to develop and enrich your child’s abilities to communicate, problem solve, use appropriate eye contact, initiate and carry on conversation, make decisions, manage his or her feelings and make friends.  We are now working to establish groups of children with similar goals and interests. At least four students are needed to form a new group. If you are interested in having your child join one of our groups, please complete the Social Skills Group Registration form above. We expect group sessions to begin in November, 2016 and will contact you when we have enough students to set a start date for your child's group.

What are social skills?

Social skills are the ways we use our language skills in social situations. Social communication is important in developing effective interpersonal skills and is critical to various aspects of our daily life. Social skills are important in childhood and adulthood. There are many different types of social skills deficits. Some examples include children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), who tend to have deficits in understanding another person's perspectives. Many individuals with ASD do indeed desire social involvement; however, these individuals typically lack the necessary skills to interact effectively. Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to have poor impulse control and social problem-solving skills. Socially anxious children are overly cautious, in part due to fears of what others will think of their actions, which may result in avoiding social situations. A child with a language deficit may not be able to understand or respond to verbal or nonverbal social cues such as when to end a conversation or how to change topics during discussion. Individuals with any type of social skill deficit is welcome to join our Social Skills Group.

How would my child benefit?

These skills will help your child to initiate and maintain positive social relationships with others. Social behaviors that interfere with learning, teaching, or classroom dynamics can also be improved through this program.

What will my child do in the group?

A licensed speech–language pathologist will provide instruction to your child through a variety of teaching techniques that include modeling, role-play, and games. Group lessons will address specific goals, such as paying attention to others, holding a conversation, understanding turn-taking, interviewing, problem solving of daily issues, compromise, and self-evaluation. Group activities also provide your child with the opportunity to practice their new skills with their peers.

Is my child eligible for the program?

Groups are offered to children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 21 who have been diagnosed as having a social skills deficit or whose parents and teachers have identified as struggling in social situations.

How much does this program cost?

Social Skills Group will last approximately 50 minutes and cost $15.00 per week.  Students who receive individual speech therapy at SpeechPath Ohio receive a discounted rate of $10.00 per week.