A social skills group is a small, structured, and supportive setting where children are encouraged to develop and practice the skills they need to improve their behavior, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships.
- Difficulty making and keeping friends
- Difficulty playing with and relating to peers
- Difficulty managing emotions
- Difficulty regulating body and voice
- Interrupts others and acts impulsively
- Makes little eye contact
- Invades personal space
Social skills groups address:
- Conversation: Listening, sharing, staying on topic.
- Attention: Improving focus during conversation and activities.
- Self regulation: Using appropriate tone of voice and body language.
- Nonverbal communication: Maintaining eye contact, respecting personal space, interpreting and using appropriate facial expressions and gestures.
- Feelings: Becoming aware of and expressing feelings, understanding the feelings of others, and managing emotions.
- Behaviors that promote friendship: Taking turns, cooperating, playing fair, compromising, complimenting, apologizing, and being a good sport.
- Problem solving: Resolving conflicts, negotiating, dealing with teasing and rejection and exercising self-control.
Lois Feigenbaum, LCSW
444 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052
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Lois Feigenbaum is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Her experience in public schools and in private practice has included individual, group, and family treatment. She has extensive training and experience in leading groups for children and providing professional workshops on social skills. Lois is the author of materials that promote social skills. Her games, Too Much Too Little, Just Right and Too Close, Too Far, Just Right were published by Western Psychological Services, Creative Therapy Store.