Social Skills Groups

The FDH Social Skills Program is an after school play group designed and led by Speech-Language Therapists to enhance the social skills development in school aged children. The FDH Social Skills Program is uniquely designed to facilitate the following skills:

  • Pragmatic Skills
  • Social Problem Solving
  • Friendship Development
  • Nonverbal and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Language Processing
  • Idiomatic Language
  • Pragmatic Prosody

Children gather in a supportive environment in small groups of no more than 5 children. Each group meets once a week for 10 weeks. Sessions run throughout the year. Speech-Language Pathologists experienced with pragmatic language disorders teach and reinforce social skills development through structured social skill building activities, guided play, social stories, role play, modeling and other activities.

Topics presented in our curriculum include but are not limited to the following:

  • Compromising
  • Turn Taking
  • Negotiating
  • Sharing
  • Following Directions
  • Initiating Play
  • Eye Contact
  • Spatial Proximity
  • Body Language & Nonverbal Communication
  • Joining Others in Play
  • Emotional Control
  • Manners
  • Handling Teasing
  • Tone of Voice, Pitch, Volume, Intonation/Rhythm of Speech
  • Humor and Sarcasm, Idioms and Proverbs, Concrete Language
  • Interrupting
  • Complimenting Others
  • Perspectives
  • Dealing with Losing
  • Recognizing Feelings
  • Maintaining Relationships

Parents are provided with information each week to help reinforce the skills introduced during the group sessions. Families and caregivers are encouraged to use the skills and information presented in the program to help their child generalize the skills outside of the FDH Social Skills group environment and into the home, school and community.

The FDH Social Skills Program offers services for children having general social skill difficulties as well as those exhibiting more significant social cognitive deficits including but not limited to being diagnosed with: AD/HD, Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD). We strive to provide a facility that encourages social skill growth and reinforces positive social developmental. Children are grouped according to age, developmental level, and to best meet the needs of each individual child. The FDH Social Skills Program is not designed for or appropriate for children with severe emotional and/or developmental disorders. Children must have basic reciprocal language and verbal communication skills to benefit from this program.

Additional information about the FDH Social Skills Program along with registration information and session schedules are available by contacting Our Office at 480-219-3953.

Enrollment Cost

Our social skills sessions run for 10 week blocks and meet one time per week for an hour long session. The cost for new student enrollment for the 10 week session is $395.00. The cost for continuing or repeat student enrollment is reduced to $350.00. Enrollment does not have to be consecutive sessions to take advantage of the continuing student discount. For example, a student enrolled in the Spring Session can take the Summer Session off and rejoin us for the Fall Session and still received the continuing student discount. Please call for dates and times.

Registration information and session schedules can be found here.