Social Skills

Current Groups for Social Skills

Kid Connect

November 1, 2016 - January 24, 2017

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

November 1, 2016 - January 24, 2017
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.