Social Language Groups

Social Language Groups

The Franklin Speech & Learning Center offers a variety of peer groups to help children, ages preschool through middle school, develop social relationships. Our programs are offered to children who would benefit from direct instruction with developing and maintaining social relationships in their academic, home and social environments. The curriculum-based groups are conducted by a Speech-Language Pathologist. Previous participants have demonstrated increased frequency of play dates and social connections with children outside the group, improved appropriate emotional responses, as well as decreased impulsivity and rigidity during classroom and household transitions. Typical skills addressed during sessions include but are not limited to:

  • Social greetings
  • Identifying level of body activity
  • Dealing with bullying and teasing
  • Identifying and expressing emotions
  • Initiating, maintaining and ending conversations
  • Joining and participating in groups
  • Appropriate body language and tone of voice

Enrollees include children with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder including Asperger’s Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Speech-Language Impairments including pragmatic language, and any other medical, psychological or behavioral impairment that may interrupt the natural development of social skills.

When forming friendship groups, age and present level of friendship skills will be the most important factor in deciding which group will best meet your child’s social needs. The groups are conducted on a semester basis and convene for 11 sessions during each semester: Fall, Spring and Summer. Each session is 1-hour and 30-minutes which allows time for instruction, role playing and practicing each skill taught during the session. Your child will take home worksheets used during the sessions to facilitate generalization of each social concept in their home environments.

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Psychological Services
We offer comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations in both clinic and school settings. Our licensed school psychologists and educational consultants provide collaborative, informative, and practical therapy to families and schools.

Academic Tutoring
Our tutors coach and develop children in grades pre-school through middle school in all academic areas, including organization and timeliness. Testing is available, but an assessment is not a prerequisite to participate in our tutoring program.

Handwriting Therapy
Often using the renowned Handwriting Without Tears program, therapists teach capital and lowercase letter and number formation. Children learn to print through hands-on materials and developmentally appropriate activities. Fine motor work prepares students for pencil and paper success.

Music Therapy
From birth, music can have a profound effect on the growth and development of children. Hence, our music therapists use live music interventions to help children reach their physiological, emotional, cognitive and social goals, often including soothing, promoting learning and offering a sense of security.

Art Therapy
Our therapists use the creative process of art to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children. Children often use the art process, through creative representation and symbolism, to express and release feelings of stress and anxiety.

Social Groups
We offer a variety of peer groups to help children, ages preschool through middle school, develop social relationships and work on skills such as social greetings, identifying levels of body activity, play, dealing with bullying/teasing, expressing emotions and how to self-regulate their responses to others and their environment. These groups are often led by an OT or SLP.

Interactive Metronome
Our specially trained and licensed therapists apply the research based intervention program that has proven to benefit children with a range of neuro-rehabilitative and developmental learning disabilities. The program is designed to strengthen processing to improve attention, language processing, sequencing, motor planning, fundamental cognitive abilities and impulse control.