Social Skills Groups


Our Social Skills are here! Our groups are designed to help your child grow in assertiveness, confidence, responsibility and empathy. Our therapists will help each child work through specific skills that they need in order to build good communication and healthy relationships.

Parent Group – Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
A group for parents of 2-8 year-olds
Facilitated by Wen Wang and Antonia Calabrese
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm
Starts January 10
10 group sessions with March 14 off for Spring Break
Max 8 participants
Cost is $500 for 10 sessions, due at registration
Child Parent Relationship Therapy Group is a psychoeducation group for parents who would like to gain skills needed to help your child develop confidence and self-regulation skills. Through play therapy-based interactions, you will learn to connect, set limits, and communicate more effectively with your child as you work to understand your child’s emotional needs.

 4-5-Year-Old Social Skills Group 
Led by Antonia Calabrese
Thursdays 4-5pm
January 13 to March 10
Limited to 4 children
Cost is $450 for 9 sessions, due at registration
This group is designed to help your child grow in assertiveness, confidence, responsibility and empathy. Our therapists will help each child work through specific skills that they need in order to build and develop communication and healthy relationships.

5-6 Year Old Social Skills Group
Led by Antonia Calabrese
Thursdays 5-6pm
January 13 to March 10
Limited to 4 kids
Cost is $450 for 9 sessions, due at registration
We will cover everything to to help your child with social skills and their transition to life at school. Participation, attention skills, prosocial peer skills, problem solving and assertiveness, listening, patience, taking turns, emotion identification, kindness and empathy.

7-8 Year Old Social Skills Group
Led by Michelle Collins
Wednesdays 4-5pm
January 12-April 6 (Week off for Spring Break March 15)
Limited to 6 children
Cost is $600 for 12 sessions, due at registration
This group is designed to help your child grow in assertiveness, confidence, responsibility and empathy. Our therapists will help each child work through specific skills that they need in order to build and develop communication and healthy relationships.

9-10 Year Old Social Skills Group
Led by Dominique Webb
Wednesdays 6-7pm
January 5-March 9 (week off on February 9)
Limited to 6 children
Cost is $450 for 9 group sessions, due at registration
This group is designed to help your child grow in assertiveness, confidence, responsibility and empathy. Our therapists will help each child work through specific skills that they need in order to build and develop communication and healthy relationships.


About Social Skills Groups

Has your child been identified by daycare workers or teachers as lacking social skills? Does your child tend to play by themselves or struggle to initiate play with others? Is there trouble taking turns or sharing with siblings or other peers?

Childhood developmental stages are a key time to work through understanding and using social skills to build their own relationships.

In these social skills groups, our goal is both educate on social skills, help each child practice these skills during group and allow a child to experience what healthy relationship building looks like.

MCFT now uses the Social Express Curriculum! Social Express uses research-based lessons allow users to interactively work through real-life situations. Our unique animated programs help drive learning and success in and out of the classroom.

Six Essential Social Skills

  • feelings identification
  • empathy
  • relaxation/mindfulness
  • listening skills
  • sharing/ taking turns
  • impulse control

For more on what is normal developmentally, check out this social/ emotional developmental milestones chart .

Preteen Social Skills Groups

We will not have a pre-teen group starting in January. If you are interested in a group for this age please email admin@memorialchildandfamily.com and we will see if we can put a group together later in the Spring.

Our 11-13 year olds will work on feelings identification, empathy, listening skills, taking turns, relaxation, joining groups, staying on topic in conversation, boundaries

Does your preteen struggle to join groups or initiate conversations with others? Do you find that your preteen can talk without recognizing if others are interested in what they are saying? Does your preteen struggle to filter their thoughts to what is appropriate in different settings?

Our preteen social skills groups strives to teach preteens practical social skills through interactions, insightful discussions, games and activities.

The social skills we tend to focus on for preteens include but are not limited to:

  • joining conversations
  • introducing yourself
  • taking turns in conversations
  • filtering thoughts/ actions
  • boundaries with others
  • conflict management
  • assertiveness training.

For more on what normal social/emotional development looks like in preteens, check out this milestones chart.

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