Social Skills

Current Groups for Social Skills

Get Together
October 12, 2015 - June 6, 2016
Mondays, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
A group for parents, grandparents, nannies and children 0-5th birthday. The Get-Together offers opportunities to meet others with young children, get away from feeling "cooped up" and share experiences, ideas, and concerns with skilled staff.

 Contact:   Joanne Kestnbaum, LCSW  773.761.4550

 

Location:  Virginia Frank Child Development Center

                  3033 W. Touhy Ave.

                  Chicago, IL  60645

Fee:           $10 per session per family 

 

Socialization Group

October 13, 2015 - December 15, 2015

Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A nurturing environment for children who have challenges at school or home with social situations. The group will help children negotiate conflicts in play and group activities. 10 child sessions and 2 parent sessions.

 

Contact:     Maggie Faulkenberry, MA  773.761.4550

 

Location:    Virginia Frank Child Development

                   3033 W. Touhy Ave.

                   Chicago, IL  60645

 

Fee:            $420 for the Series 

Kid Connect

February 16, 2016 - April 19, 2016

Tuesdays, 5 - 6 pm

This group is offered to children ages 8-13 who are experiencing difficulty in their social environment. The group provides a space for hands-on learning based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® approach. Some topics that have been addressed include perspective taking, frustration tolerance, effective communication, and managing peer teasing.

 

Parent collaboration is emphasized. Groups are divided by age and level of functioning.

 

Weekly for 10 weeks. Dates and times are tentative. Please call to register and confirm dates.

 

Olena Vasilik, Psy.D.

Phone:  773.467.3744

 

JCFS - Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center, 3145 West Pratt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60645 and Elaine Kersten Children's Center, 255 Revere Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062

$250 for series (scholarships available, please inquire)

 

Group Firefly: Social Thinking for Children on the Autism Spectrum

February 16, 2016 - April 19, 2016
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Group Firefly uses a fun and engaging activity-based approach for teaching and practicing Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking(R) approach. This group, for children 8-18 years of age, allows for hands-on learning using play, expressive arts, and discussion.  Topics that have been covered include: self-esteem building, how to initiate a conversation, feelings identification, social media, bullying, and perspective-taking.

 

Parent collaboration is emphasized. Groups are divided by age (8-10 and 11-13 years)


Weekly for 10 weeks. Dates and times are tentative. Please call to register and confirm dates.

Olena Vasilik, Psy.D.
Phone: 

 773.467.3744

Elaine Kersten Children's Center, 255 Revere Dr., Suite 200, Northbrook, IL
$250 for series; scholarships available

 

About Social Skills Groups 

We’ve all seen interviews with award-winning actors who describe themselves as shy children and confide that even now, as adults, they feel uncomfortable in social situations all while entertaining millions through their work.  Closer to home, we’ve all had an experience where we have entered a room filled with strangers and struggled to break the ice and make small talk.  What’s at play in these situations:  The cloak of shyness or simply a healthy lacking of social skills?

 

You may see these traits in your child and wonder when is shyness simply a case of “being shy” or at what stage does shyness become more debilitating and stifling.  At what stage does it become a diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder?  If you’re a parent who watches their child play alone, notices he or she observes but doesn’t interact with classmates, or lacks appropriate behavior in a social setting, JCFS may be able to point you in the right direction. 

 

Get Help

For information call toll-free, 855.ASK.JCFS (855.275.5237) or email ask@jcfs.org.