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.