Social Skills Groups
First Children Services offers social skills groups for children ages 3-21 in our New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations.
Social skills do not come easily for all children and the lack of appropriate social skills can often impact the child’s interaction with peers making school and recreational activities even more challenging.
By interacting with others and engaging in social norms, such as holding the door open for a person, a child with social skills deficits can learn to develop meaningful relationships and minimize stigmatizing behaviors.
First Children’s social skills groups are 8-week social skills classes that assist participants in increasing the use of age appropriate social skills. Each week, a different social skill is taught which will continue to be generalized throughout the course.
Our social skills groups are designed and supervised by a First Children Services board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). In these classes, children learn social skills, self-management, and problem-solving skills in a fun, interactive way.
Our social skills groups include play groups, lego groups, Minecraft groups, and teen and young adult groups. Available groups differ by location.
First Children Services provides all materials needed for our social skills groups.
Social Skills Play Group for ages 3-6 years old
The social skills play group targets skills including introductions with peers, taking turns with peers, sharing with peers, following directions, self-regulating, communicating effectively with peers, and other various other play skills. Skills will be taught using structured play, role-play, and natural environment teaching.
Lego Social Skills Group for ages 6-10 years old
The Lego social skills group targets skills including introductions, having a conversation with peers on topic, requesting from a peer, helping others, identifying and defining problems, accepting mistakes and respecting others' opinions. Social skills will be taught through play with Legos using teaching skills such as role-play, natural play, and structured play.
Minecraft Social Skills Groups for ages 9-14 years old
The Minecraft social skills group targets skills including introductions, accepting losing, helping others, respecting others' opinions, showing an understanding of others' feelings, taking turns, and ending a conversation appropriately. These social skills are taught through natural and structured play along with role-playing.
Teen and Young Adults Group for ages 15-21 years old
The teen and young adult social skills group targets skills including having a conversation, requesting assistance, making a good first impression, controlling emotions, respecting authoritative figures, understanding others point of views, “reading” other people, having a good work ethic, dealing with strangers, and the difference between a friend and acquaintance.