Social Skills Groups
Our Social Skills Groups focus on teaching specific social and behavioral skills to children and young adults of all ages and ability ranges using center-based programming. Practicing social skills helps build kids’ confidence when approaching and connecting with new friends. As students gain and practice new social skills each week they continue to build self-esteem that can help them create lasting friendships.
Our center-based program rotates through three areas in our facility – Sports, Arts, and Classroom instruction. In the classroom, students as a group will work on a specific social goal. Art and music activities may include making collages, drumming, drama, rhythm games, painting, and more. Sports activities often consist of bike riding, basketball, volleyball, soccer, or scooter riding. During all activities, students will have many opportunities to practice their social goals as well as transitioning appropriately between activities, making eye contact when speaking or listening, introducing themselves to a new person, and staying on topic in a conversation. Our social skills groups are the perfect setting to gain new skills and make new friends!
Our 4:1 Social Groups will have up to 4 students and 1 instructor. Each group meets weekly, for 90 minutes. Sport-Social offers a free initial evaluation to help determine a student’s appropriate ratio, based on their ability to follow group instruction and learn in a group setting. We pride ourselves in ensuring kids are matched with peers that are of similar social and behavioral needs and goals. Once students master the social goals in a 4:1 group, they will graduate to a 6:1 group where they will practice the social skills they have mastered, while continuing to learn new skills.
Our After Hours Teen Groups meet once a week for 2 hours. These are larger group settings that allows us to replicate school like environments, and work on social skills. There are up to 20 kids and 5 of our awesome Sport-Social instructors each week. This group works on social skills in a “hanging out” type environment that teens experience at school and at home. Students play sports, games, and one time per month Sport-Social arranges a social outing in the community. Outings range from bowling, pinball hall of fame, GameWorks, to restaurants and holiday events at Opportunity Village. Students and instructors both really enjoy these outings where students have a chance to work on things they have learned.