Social Skills Training Groups meet twice per month, for one hour, throughout the year. All social skills training groups are led by Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists.
Children will be placed into the most appropriate group environment based on age and developmental level. Social skills classes will typically include six to eight peers. Occasionally, siblings, cousins, friends, or parent volunteers may be asked to participate during portions of the group session.
Each session will consist of structured and unstructured interactions between peers and therapists to facilitate improved social interactions. Structured interactions will include the use of social coaching, social stories, modeling and role play to teach social skills. Children will participate in age appropriate group activities (i.e. playing board games, reading stories, etc) to promote social skills. Unstructured interactions will occur in three sensorimotor gyms as therapists coach the child’s interactions during spontaneous play. Occupational therapists will assist with generalization of acquired skills in a less structured environment and to facilitate appropriate interactions as needed.
Social skills taught will vary based on child’s age and developmental level. Social skill lesson may include, but are not limited to:
- Learn to take turns in play with peers
- Learn to take turns or share time when talking with peers
- Learn to let others have turns deciding on activities to play
- Learn to give others appropriate personal space
- Learn to make improved eye contact with adults and peers
- Learn to terminate social interactions & accept when others are ready to terminate
- Learn to resolve conflicts with others appropriately and adaptively
- Learn to keep hands to self when playing, with decreased aggressive behaviors
- Learn to initiate social contact in an age-appropriate way
- Negotiate for objects, space, and/or choice of activity
- Facilitating improved conversations skills (i.e. initiating/termination conversations, maintaining topics, reading verbal/non-verbal communication cues.)
To help place your child in the most appropriate group, please complete the following paperwork (questionnaire) and return it to our office by mail or in person at:
Sensational Kids, Inc
14715 Bristol Park Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73013
Downloadable form: Social Skills Group Questionnaire