Social Skills Groups


social-skills

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Social skills like conversational turn taking and initiating friendships are difficult for many children. They simply need to be taught via fun and engaging activities. Joining a group is useful because it provides opportunities to learn with and from other people, to understand one’s own feelings and behaviors, as well as the feelings and behaviors of others.  They are able to practice new behaviors that will enhance their friendships.

Our Social Skills Groups offer children role play, activities, initiatives and games to allow for exploration and learning of more effective social and scoping strategies.  These groups are designed to teach children how to initiate friendships, play etiquette, appropriate assertiveness, cooperation and teamwork – skills they’ll need to thrive in their social groups.  There will be a mix of young people who can learn from each other and who are at a similar developmental age.  While some young people will have similar situations with which they are dealing, it is not necessary to be dealing with exactly the same social problem.  In fact, children and adolescents with different strengths and weaknesses are often in the best position to help one another.

We begin new groups as soon as we have enough children or adolescents to form a new group. Dates and times of the groups are flexible.

Locations:

  • 405 Illinois Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174
  • 1200 Harger Road, Oak Brook, IL  60523

Phone: 630 377 3535

Fee: Insurance Accepted

These sessions covered but are not limited to:

  • Initiating friendships
  • Sustaining friendships
  • Play etiquette
  • Initiating conversations
  • Sustaining conversations
  • Ending conversations
  • Nonverbal body language
  • Social behaviors
  • Problem solving
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Improving peer relationships
  • Appropriate assertiveness
  • Cooperation and teamwork

Who are the Children and Adolescents Joining our Social Skills Groups?

  • Children having difficulties in social situations including conflict, bullying, teasing or social isolation.
  • Resort to aggressive or passive strategies in conflict situations with others
  • Have difficulties participating in group or team activities
  • Have difficulty expressing themselves.
  • Have difficulties in identifying their feelings and showing understanding for other people’s feelings.
  • Have social anxieties and social phobias and seem to misread nonverbal social cues.
  • Struggle to follow instructions or who have difficulties with problem solving.
  • Need help in making and keeping friends.
  • Are so shy it gets in the way of connecting with peers.

Presented by:

Evelyn Connelly, LCSW.                St. Charles
Meghan Dean, LCSW                     St. Charles
Tara Hinds                                        Oak Brook

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We offer in both our St Charles and Oak Brook offices the following groups:  Social Skills, Anxiety, Depression, Children of Divorce, Sibling Support (coping skills for children with siblings with disorders), Anger Management,  and Teen groups.  If interested in any of these groups, please call 630-377-3535 to place your child’s name on the list.

 

Locations

St Charles | 405 Illinois Avenue, Ste. 2C

Oak Brook | 1200 Harger Road, Ste. 220

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