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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!

 


Topics Covered:

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…

Groups Offered:

Foundational Skills

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
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicaid

Contact:

For more information on obtaining social skills services

email us directly at socialskills@blcca.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

Denver, Colorado

501 S Cherry Street, Ste. 1100

Denver, CO 80246

Office: 720-330-2827

 

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