Social skills group (ssg)

ABOUT SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS

The Social Skills Groups, also known as SSG, offer a great opportunity to engage your child in an environment created and shaped to meet their individual needs within the context of a group. Creative Solutions for Hope offers a variety of Social Skills Groups for different age groups from the age of 3 to 18. Curriculum is created to meet the needs of our clients withing the social settings. Individual social goals are created to help gain and maintain skill acquisition in different social situations and settings. Creative Solutions for Hope is here to help restore HOPE in building essential skills in your child, so they can live a more complete day. Email us at SocialSkills4all@cs4hope.com to schedule a visit and experience our groups first hand.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Below are our most current groups available.

Youngsters Encouraging Learning and Laughter

Wednesday’s 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Age Range: 6 – 10 years of age

Mode: In-person

Providing opportunity for our young children to interact, build their cooperative skills, and increase overall reciprocal interactions through play, art, song, and other explorative teachings, is our objective  this group. The children are given the opportunity to learn about new environments, people, holidays, and interests, while continuing to teach and maintain a level of basic age appropriate skills. This group is full of personality and excitement!  We look forward to meeting your young child and all we can do to help bring them to the next level of socialization.

Practicing Community Based Social Skills with Friends

Wednesday’s 5:15 – 6:45 pm

Age Range: 13+ years old

Mode: In-person

As our teen clients begin to gain more independence and access their communities, social skills within the community are a vital part of ensuring positive and efficient interactions when leaving the home setting. This group aims to provide opportunities to practice social skills that may present themselves when in the community-based setting. By role playing with their peers, this group engages in fun, interactive activities that create opportunities to practice engaging with community-based helpers that may include but is not limited to: employees at stores, community helpers, safety personal, doctors, etc.

If you’re seeking to foster your teen’s independence outside of the home, while also making friends, then this group is for you!

Toddlers Achieving Success Cooperatively

Thursday’s 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Age Range: 3-5 years old

Mode: In-person

This group is geared towards creating fun, collaborative, creative, and developmental based activities for toddlers to learn their foundational social skills. This group offers continued support in teaching basic age-appropriate skills, presented through creatively unique activities. Our toddlers experience interactive sensory stations, cognitive activities, a communication corner, and fine motor and gross motor activities to promote continued success with their overall development. These toddlers are learning to play together, learn together, and enjoy early friendships together. If you are searching for a place for your toddler after school to continue to enrich their overall development, search no more and join us.

Preteens Encouraging Learning and Laughing 

Thursday’s 5:15 – 6:45 pm

Age Range: 10 years old to early teens

Mode: In-person

This group was created for the preteens that have not had a place to expand and figure out who they are. This group is designed to help these kids learn through play and get to know one another. Board games are selected to work on cooperative interactions, turn taking etiquette, and being a “good” and supportive friend. Activities are selected specifically to get the kids talking, engaging, and interacting.

Expanding conversational skill beyond their own preference and taking a sincere interest in their peers is just one fundamental focus of this group. The second part of this group is to help them figure out their own preferences and the appropriateness of when and how to explore and share those preference. Other skills explored in this group will focus on following directions, practice decision making, and being flexible. If you  have been searching for a place for your preteen, this group could be a great fit!

Strengthening Sibling Synergy 

Friday’s 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Age Range: 8+ years old

Mode: In-person

Using the client’s sibling as their partner during social skills, this group will utilize fun and interactive activities to promote social skills between siblings. The siblings will learn multiple skill sets, including but not limited to, communicating their needs to each other, resolving problems and/or negotiating solutions, as well as learning how to positively collaborate with one another. In addition to interactive activities, the group will also feature discussions about teamwork and perspective taking within their relationships as siblings.

When deciding if the sibling and client are an appropriate pairing for this group, will be based off the following:

  • Minimum age of client for this SSG group is 8 years old.
  • Sibling should be within a 4 year age span (older or younger) of the enrolled client.
  • Both client and sibling should have the skill set to sit and attend to activities lasting, at least, 10 minutes in duration.
  • Siblings should be able to participate in the group without any one to one assistance

This means:

  • The sibling should be able to take social cues.
  • The sibling should be able to understand choral responding.
  • Sibling should have age appropriate compliance skills.

Perspective Taking Group

Friday’s 5:15 – 6:45 pm

Age Range: 10+ years old

Mode: In-person

Perspective taking focuses on the skill sets needed for executive functioning. This class is targeted towards our older clients and focuses on looking at a variety of situations from different perspectives along with targeting a variety of lessons based of the principles of executive functioning.  This class offers a lecture-based segment where the teens and preteens learn a lesson and then a fun and interactive where they can practice the lesson they have just learned with their peers. Bringing these cognitively strong minds together, we discuss how to treat others, provide them the opportunities to build stronger relationships, teach how to become part of a successful team, learn to enjoy and appreciate working with others. If you have been seeking an environment for your child to thrive among others successfully, respect adult instruction and to have a safe place to discuss the importance of how they feel, how others might feel, and why, then this is the class for your child.

Virtual Vibes

Saturday’s 10:00 – 11:00 am 

Age Range: All ages depending upon pairings

Mode: Online 

It has been a difficult time for everyone as we navigate our changing world during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world self-quarantined, we found a need to continue to provide opportunities for our clients to continue to grow and foster their social skills in an environment that some felt more comfortable accessing. This group focuses on social skills by promoting them through enjoyable, entertaining, and thought-provoking curriculum through the computer.

We acknowledge that many of our clients have spent the majority of their time learning virtually. Therefore, we ensure that the activities being presented are entertaining and playful yet create opportunities for social interactions.

This group is broken down into smaller subgroups depending on your child’s needs and their age appropriate peers. If you and your family are taking precautions to limit direct interactions due to COVID-19, but you would like to still provide structured social opportunities for your child, this group was made for you!