Los Angeles County Social Skills Groups for Children and Young Adults
Behavioral Learning Center, Inc. offers several age-appropriate social skills groups that are built upon empirically researched curriculums. With local offices in Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Sherman Oaks, and Agoura Hills, we are the in-home behavioral therapy agency for children and young adults throughout Los Angeles County. Our newest location in Denver, Colorado also offers social skills groups.
BLC offers social skills groups for kids between the ages of 5 and 25. Placement is determined by skill level and age range. These organized groups are designed to provide children and young adults with the tools to build and maintain meaningful relationships with similarly aged peers. Social Skills Groups teach essential friendship-building skills with an emphasis on social thinking and perspective taking, and the ability to adapt one’s behavior to match the surroundings.
How to Help a Child with Autism Develop Social Skills
BLC group facilitators understand how to help a child with autism develop social skills by designing group activities and lessons that specifically address the symptoms of autism. Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes and consists of 3 to 8 kids who are similar in age and skill level. Our social skills therapy helps kids learn to interact with others in healthy, meaningful ways. A new skill is introduced each week, based on group need, and learning is facilitated by a trained professional. Group sessions are 60 minutes long. The remaining 30 minutes are used for parent consultation and education.
Sessions Are Broken Down into Three Components:
- Review of Previous Session
- Structured Lesson with the Introduction of a Skill
- Role Play or Opportunity to Practice the Skill
Parents and/or caregivers are given weekly feedback regarding the child’s progress, along with generalized homework—based on the skill introduced—to practice in both the home and school settings. Professionals will also assist caregivers with resources and tools to implement targeted skills in a more naturalistic environment. Additionally, social events and peer/parent connections are recommended to enable the child opportunities to practice what they’ve learned outside of the session.
Our Social Skills Groups Include:
- Social Detectives (Ages 5–6): Foundational social skills focusing on greetings, farewells, personal space, eye contact, sharing, and turn-taking.
- Social Thinkers (Ages 7–10): In addition to learning previously mentioned skills, this group addresses social conversations, initiating and maintaining play, and sportsmanship.
- Pre-Teen (Ages 11–13): Builds on all above topics as well as initiating and maintaining conversations, appropriate use of humor, assertiveness, and expected vs. unexpected behaviors.
- Teen (Ages 14–17): Works on all targeted skills mentioned above, in addition to reading nonverbal cues, conflict resolution strategies, dealing with rumors or gossip, choosing friends, social media, self-monitoring, and rejection.
- Adult (Ages 18–25): This group targets all facets of social communication while introducing how to handle disagreements, dating, human sexuality, and vocational skills.
Additional SSG Topics
- Peer Pressure
- Friend Files
- Whole Body Listening
- Offering Assistance
- Trading Information
Methods of Payment
- Regional Center
- Private Pay
- Private Insurance
Current SSG Schedule
|Social Detectives||** Saturday|
|Thursday's 4:45-6:15pm||Tuesday's 6:00-7:30pm|
Monday’s Human Sexuality 4:00-5:30pm
** Planning to open groups