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.
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
Our social skills groups are beneficial everyone, regardless of their diagnosis.
However, we understand individuals with autism have specific needs. BLC’s facilitators help clients develop social skills by designing group activities and lessons that specifically address symptoms of autism.
Below are some of the common challenges for individuals with autism:
• Avoidance of eye contact • Lack of communication skills
• Resistance to change • Initiating play with peers
• Taking turns in conversation • Appropriate social distance
How does the Program Work?
BLC Social Skills Groups are designed for individuals ages 4 and up. Groups meet once per week who are similar in age and skill level. Sessions are broken down into various components: semi-structured group game and/or conversation, review of previous session, structured lesson with introduction of skill, role-play or creative game to practice the skill, and social time.
We have trained professionals with experience working in the field of education and psychology that facilitate groups, using research-based strategies to ensure social and emotional success, including creative games that make learning interactive and fun!
Social Skills Groups teach essential friendship making tools, such as effective communication, initiating play and problem-solving skills. Topics covered in session include, but are not limited to:
• Assertiveness • Regulating Emotions
• Greetings • Nonverbal Cues
• Bullying • Initiating Conversations
• Appropriate Use of Social Media • Teamwork
• Sportsmanship • Empathy
• Eye Contact • And much more…
Built upon the foundational skills of attending, following group instruction and turn-taking this group will provide social opportunities for structured play with peers.
Elementary School Aged
Build upon on foundational social skills including greetings, farewells, personal space eye-contact, sharing and turn-taking. The importance of social conversations, initiating/maintaining play, and sportsmanship are introduced.
Middle School Aged
Including the above topics, as well as initiating and maintaining conversations, appropriate use of humor, assertiveness, adaptability & flexible thinking.
High School Aged
Works on all targeted skills mentioned above, in addition to reading nonverbal cues, conflict resolution strategies, dealing with rumors/gossip, self-monitoring, & rejection. Dating and sexuality addressed as needed.
Adult (18 years and older)
This group targets all facets of social interactions, handling disagreements, electronic communication, & choosing positive social circles. Vocational skills
Methods of Payment
- Regional Center
- Private Pay
- Private Insurance
For more information on obtaining social skills services
email us directly at email@example.com or contact your local BLC office:
Santa Clarita Valley San Fernando Valley
28245 Ave Crocker, Ste. 220 13400 Riverside Drive, Ste. 209
Valencia, CA 91355 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Office: 661-254-7086 Office: 818-308-6226
Antelope Valley West Valley
1007 West Avenue M-14, Ste. C 28035 Dorothy Drive, Ste. 220
Palmdale, CA 93551 Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Office: 661-947-9554 Office: 805-601-8609
501 S Cherry Street, Ste. 1100
Denver, CO 80246