Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

At Behavior Therapy Associates, we understand the importance of providing social skills to build social-emotional competencies in children, adolescents, and adults. We also acknowledge that parents and caregivers need strategies to support individuals’ social skills development. Rather than focus on behavioral reduction strategies and what clients, parents, and educators should not do, our approach is to emphasize skill development and replacement behaviors in addition to reducing challenging behavior.

We focus on behavior replacement techniques through an understanding of behavioral principles. Through their participation in Positive Parenting Groups and their child’s participation in POWER-Solving® Groups, parents have seen improvement in their child’s ability to:

  • Start, maintain, & end a conversation, as well as change topics appropriately
  • Display calming strategies when upset, frustrated or angry
  • Request help appropriately when needed
  • Give others a compliment
  • State triggers that contribute to feeling angry
  • Improve social decision-making and problem-solving

Positive Parenting Group

When working with children and adolescents, we dedicate time with parents as well. As part of the social skills group training, our Positive Parenting Group teaches parents the underlying causes of behavior and how to intervene, as well as how to foster prosocial skills. We focus on behavior replacement techniques through an understanding of behavioral principles.

Through their participation in Positive Parenting Groups and their child’s participation in POWER-Solving® Groups, parents have seen improvement in their child’s ability to:

  • Start, maintain, & end a conversation, as well as change topics appropriately
  • Display calming strategies when upset, frustrated or angry
  • Request help appropriately when needed
  • Give others a compliment
  • State triggers that contribute to feeling angry
  • Improve social decision-making and problem-solving

What is POWER-Solving?

POWER-Solving® is a social skills curriculum for teaching young people critical social-emotional skills they need. It has been applied successfully in classrooms, summer programs, clinical settings and home environments.

Learn More About POWER-Solving

Please contact the office for the dates of the next Social Skills sessions.