Millions of children struggle everyday with friendships, sibling relationships and adult interactions due to a lack of social skills.
Their social challenges affect their self-esteem leading to a vicious cycle of insecurity and loneliness that can generate chronic negative thinking. At Gearing Up, we offer cutting edge classes that teach children the essential social skills they needs to succeed.
This class can be taught on either an individual or in a group setting according to what the parents and Jenifer determine will be the best setting for the child.
The individual setting allows your child to gradually decrease his anxiety while increasing his skill set with others. He will have direct and intense coaching from our therapists as he learns the key skills he must have to interact well with others. The advantage of these sessions is to facilitate a more customized approach that allows our therapists to work with both the parents and the child in making effective and long lasting progress.
The group setting is ideal for children to learn and to practice the art of forming good relationships with others. Our therapists carefully observe your child and how they interact and immediately intervenes to modify behavior and to suggest more effective strategies. The children are able to practice with one another, which helps them integrate the lessons. Another advantage is that children often feel comfortable around those with similar challenges and our therapists work hard to make the classes fun and entertaining while teaching these vital social skills. A step-by-step approach will be used, targeting the needs of the specific children in the group. A variety of effective methods including role-playing, group activities and group projects help the children achieve outstanding results.
Benefits of the Class
Our Social Skills Classes are especially helpful to those children with developmental delays, such as those with Asperger’s Disorder. However, the classes are not limited to those with a specific diagnosis and are ideal for any child in need of learning and/or improving social skills. The skills taught will vary depending on the needs of the individual (if the child is enrolled in an individual class) or the group and will include, but are not limited to:
- Making and keeping friends
- Understanding and communicating feelings
- Maintaining emotional self control
- Increasing self-esteem
- Understanding social cues
- Dealing with bullies
- Good sportsmanship
- Conversational skills
- Problem solving