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Social Skills Groups

Jun 17, 2014 12:02PM ● By Hood Magazine
By Julie Gehm, LifeScape 

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It’s heartbreaking to watch your child struggle to make friends with other children. Worse yet, children may be teased and bullied due to awkward social skills. Fortunately, social skills groups can help children build skills to fit in and make friends. Social skills groups can help children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and developmental delays, as well as typically developing children who are very shy. Speech-language pathologists use games and other fun activities in small group activities to develop children’s social skills such as:

  • Maintaining eye contact
  • Greeting and conversing
  • Listening
  • Sharing
  • Discerning personal space with others
  • Correcting voice volume
  • Taking turns

Other skills, such as staying on task, following directions, and ignoring distractions are also emphasized.


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