Social Skills Groups
“Therapy” is seen socially and culturally as something one
pursues when there is something “wrong”. We see what we do as growth promoting
and teaching life skills that everyone needs for success. Of course, we are also ameliorating
difficulties and addressing struggles as well.
We engage in teaching, learning, and practicing the skills that lead to
increased personal happiness and more harmonious relationships. We focus on
emotional and social development and believe that all good things that happen
in life occur in relationship. In our
social skills groups, we teach children (and parents) skills to identify, label
and tolerate emotions (their own and those of others), as well as to regulate
emotions and behavior. Another important aspect of our groups is helping
children and parents gain effective communication skills to set appropriate
boundaries for mutually satisfying relationships.
What are Social
Social skills groups are small groups (no more than 6
children) of similar aged peers where adult facilitators work to teach
pro-social skills, intervene early to avert social difficulties, and decrease
negative effects on children’s self-esteem by increasing social success. This is done in a child friendly environment
that resembles a classroom environment. The structure of the groups include
greeting (hello song), transition to games and/or playtime, transition back to
table (incorporating sensory activities), snack (goldfish/vanilla wafers,
water), story, and goodbye song.
How are our Social
Skills Groups different from others?
Our social skills groups consist of a group for children
facilitated by a therapist and one or more assistants AND a parent observation
group also facilitated by a professional to guide parental observations. The parent group meets in an adjacent
observation room and observes the group via a one-way mirror. We do not
charge a separate fee for the parent group as we feel that parent/caregiver
participation is vital to each child’s success. We create a collaborative team
of professionals and parents/caregivers working together on behalf of each
child. As children gain new skills,
parents/caregivers have the guidance and education they need to support these
emerging skills at home and in the community thereby increasing the likelihood
of on-going success for the child.
9601 Katy Freeway, Suite 175 • Houston, TX 77024