What It Is

Research has shown that early childhood, small group therapy is very beneficial for children dealing with a wide range of delays and disabilities, to develop effective social interaction skills. This specific therapy model focuses on the social skills component of development that is often challenging to address during one-on-one therapy sessions.  For this reason Children’s Therapy Services of Colorado, Inc. offers numerous Social Group sessions during the year to compliment individual therapy.   During class, children rotate through various stations while focusing on social-communication & play, fine motor/cognitive, circle/group and gross motor play. Each child has social skill goals and objectives that he or she works on during the five weekly classes of one session. The children get the opportunity to practice their skills with their peers along with adult support and encouragement. Social skills are taught through a variety of ABA-based interventions through the use of modeling, role playing, visual support and incidental teaching.

How it works

Children’s Therapy Services of Colorado, Inc. offers numerous Social Group sessions throughout the year.  Social Groups most often consists of one, 1 ½ hour class, per week for five consecutive weeks.  Classes are designed for specific age groups and often include children with a variety of delays or diagnosis (e.g. ASD, ADHD, Speech Delay, Social/Emotional concerns).  Group classes are often led by two therapists of different specialties, at our office in Northglenn, CO.  During Social Group, children are taught to develop learning routines that promote their communication, social engagement and overall attention and learning. Tasks are individualized and designed to promote social engagement and communication as well as develop other “ready to learn skills” in a fun and engaging format.

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Issues Commonly Addressed

  • initiating friendships 
  • talking to peers 
  • sharing 
  • group cooperation 
  • showing care and empathy 
  • problem-solving 
  • self-control 
  • Overcoming shyness 
  • Following adult directed tasks

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