Social Skills Groups

Downers Grove, IL

Milestones is pleased to announce a new service for children designed to help them succeed in their everyday lives– Social Skills Groups. We’re calling this program the B.F.F. Club (Building Friendship Foundations) and it’s an eight week program designed to help children learn social pragmatic skills.

Social Skills Groups

Our Approach
The group meets once a week and incorporates different themes to engage the children in activities to help build peer relationship skills. Skills focused on include maintaining appropriate eye contact, staying on topic, starting a conversation, turn taking and maintaining a conversation without interrupting. Typical group size will be 4-6 children.

Group activities are fun and interactive and include games such as social bingo, story reading, charades, playing cooperative games and making crafts. The group is run by Shefalie Patel MA, CCC-SLP and Karolina Onak MS, CCC-SLP, Milestones’ speech language pathologists trained to help children with social pragmatic and language skills.

At the beginning of the group both the parents and therapist complete a social pragmatics questionnaire. This is then revisited at the end of the 8-week period to measure the impact of the sessions.

Who is a Candidate?
Candidates for this program include children who have difficulty:

  • Making friends
  • Greeting people
  • Starting/maintaining conversation with peers and adults
  • Maintaining good body language when speaking and listening to others
  • Speaking about topics other than their own interests.

To sign up your child for B.F.F. Club or to learn more about our Social Skills Groups, contact us today.

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