WHAT ARE SOCIAL SKILLS?
Social Skills are a set of behaviors that allow a child to get along better with other people. A
child with adequate social skills can adjust well to changes in his environment and can avoid verbal and physical confrontations
with other people. A child who has poorly developed social skills, however, may have poor self-esteem,
may display conduct problems (fighting, arguing, defying adults), and may have difficulty developing peer relationships.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP?
Social skills groups focus on teaching children a variety of social skills to help improve their ability to make and
keep friends, develop more self-confidence, and behave more appropriately. Role-plays and group interaction
will give the children opportunities to practice these skills during the group session. The therapist will
utilize behavioral reinforcement to promote rule compliance, participation, and use of appropriate social skills, while also
encouraging and reinforcing the children to practice these skills outside of the session. Objective information
regarding the children’s behavior will be gathered before and after the group to measure the children’s progress
and parents will be provided with written feedback at the conclusion of each group.
Children between the ages of 6
and 17 may participate. Groups will be formed based upon age.
GROUPS CONDUCTED BY:
Mark Cooperberg, Ph.D, will conduct the groups. Dr. Cooperberg is a licensed psychologist with extensive
experience with children of all ages and numerous diagnoses, including AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety
Disorders, and behavior disorders.
The groups will take place over the course of 8-12 sessions. Each session
will be held on a weekday, most likely in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Groups will run throughout
the year, based on need (at least 4 children are needed, with no more than 8 children in a group). The
sessions will include children only, but there will also be a parent meeting before the first session and after the last session
to provide feedback and recommendations.
Please contact the office for the current fees and for more information.
Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A.
35 Clyde Road, Suite 101