BABC's Social Skills Group offers a wide range of skills development from learning how to greet a person they want to start a conversation with, to learning how to keep a conversation going, and how to take turns while speaking-these are subtle but extremely important aspects of communication. Our Social Skills Group program is individualized to each group. We focus on healthy and positive interaction among each child with typical peer volunteers (when available) and one-on-one therapist. The curriculum within each Social Skills Group is developed to match the ability of each child and group. We attempt to foster individualized attention within a social setting so that every child will receive 1:1 attention from his/her Behavior Interventionist and with typical peer support.   

Our Social Skills Group Focuses On:

  • Provide structure and predictability
  • Break down abstract social concepts into concrete actions
  • Simplify language and group children by language level
  • Work in pairs or groups with cooperation and collaboration
  • Provide multiple and varied learning opportunities
  • Foster self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Provide opportunities for practice skills beyond the group in real life settings
  • Play Skills – Taking turns in games or sharing toys
  • Conversation Skills – Choosing what to talk about or what body language to use
  • Emotional Skills – Managing emotions and understanding how others feel
  • Problem-solving Skills – Dealing with conflict or making decisions in social situations
  • Social Constructs – Learn concept such as holidays, days-of-the-week, social events and day-to-day activities

Social Skills Groups Offer an Opportunity to Practice the Following Skills:

  • Taking turns 
  • Sharing 
  • Gestures
  • Social interactions
  • Waiting 
  • Conversation Skills
  • Choosing what to talk about
  • What body language to use
  • Initiating conversations
  • Greetings
  • Emotional Skills
  • Managing emotions (Understanding basic emotions)
  • Understanding how others feel
  • Understanding facial expressions
  • Empathy