Holding Hands social skills program provides children and teens with special needs social experiences in the center and the community. Because children learn through play, Holding Hands’ social skills program focuses learning social skills through “hands-on” experiential play. Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Diagnostics has developed a curriculum of strategies, games and activities that we incorporate into our Social skills groups. Our groups at Holding Hands are structured and “affect” based where content does not have as much importance as the processes. Processes may include turn-taking, maintaining eye contact with peers, referencing, negotiating, following others’ lead, attending, affect, engagement level, waiting, self-regulating in a group setting. The therapist will address processes depending on individual goals and group needs. A social skills therapist at Holding Hands acts as a group facilitator rather than a teacher, facilitating the interaction while maintaining the group dynamics. Through Words, Affect and Action, the therapist creates a rope that extends from one peer to the other, encouraging an inter-circular relationship

Our Social Skills Group program serves children with special needs that may benefit from a structured socialization program. Holding Hands generally considers the socialization program appropriate for children ages 3-18. Each social skills group meets for 1 time per week for 90 minutes to 2 hours at a specific day and time with the same peers and therapist(s) facilitating the group at the Holding Hands location.

For inquires about  Social Skills  Program for teens and young adults with PDD-NOS, ADHD, Asperger’s, Anxiety and Depression , click on PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) which is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in the 7th-12th grade who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.