The Importance of Social Groups
As children get older, they become part of a larger social
world. Many parents are concerned about the lack of their
child’s relationships. These relationships can vary with
children, teachers, and other adults. Indicated below are
signs that a child may need some social coaching.
Some examples are:
lacks at least one or two close friends
poor eye contact
poor joint attention
has trouble losing or winning with good sportsmanship
doesn’t show empathy when others are hurt
difficulty with problem solving
acts bossy or insists on his or her own way
can’t seem to start or even maintain conversation
uses a louder voice than other children
unintentionally annoys other children
How can parents help their children develop better social relationships?
Enrolling your child in a social skills group can be beneficial in teaching critical life-long socialization skills. Social groups focus on gaining joint attention, sharing, reciprocal play, non-verbal cues/communication, problem solving, developing an interest in others, increasing eye contact, emotions, sportsmanship, and conversation.
Leap Ahead’s Play and Social Skills Group
You do not need to be a client of Leap Ahead to join our play and social groups that are held on Saturday’s. However, you will need to email or call the office and request to enroll your child into our therapeutic social groups. We will provide an assessment of your child’s social skills and develop individual goals that are appropriate and achievable for your child.
We service children ranging from 4-10 years old and have social groups each Saturday from 1:00-2:15. Our social groups focus on appropriate conversation skills, eye contact and play skills. These goals are met by themed-activities such as games, arts and crafts, fun lessons and conversational worksheets.
If you have any questions or would like to enroll your child, email: