Group therapy can be an effective way for children to learn social skills. These groups can be helpful for children with anxiety, social delays or impulsivity/hyperactivity. In a play-based format, Dr. Beth Pearson teaches groups of children (typically four to six same-aged peers) fundamental social skills including how to:
- Enter a group
- Make reciprocal conversation/show interest in others
- Be an active listener
- Be a good host on a playdate
- Show good sportsmanship
Groups typically last 75-90 minutes and are held on a weekly basis. To participate in a social skills group, you will be asked to commit to a set series of either 12-16 sessions.
Group therapy is powerful because skills are taught in the moment, as issues arise during the sessions. The skills are taught not just by talking, but also by doing. Because all childdren have different strengths and weaknesses, they are presented with opportunities to both teach and learn from one another. Children leave these groups feeling more competent in social situations and often develop new friendships along the way.