DDS and LVC Partner to Offer Social Skill Groups
Children in Lebanon County with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other social delays will have the opportunity to further develop social skills by participating in small group sessions held at Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley. The social skill groups are planned and taught by Lebanon Valley College Professor and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Michelle Scesa, M.A.CCC-SLP, with group activities led by student volunteers. Activities may include role-playing, games and educational exercises to help children learn how to navigate various social situations. Taking part in social skill groups help children learn from their peers and increases their understanding of body language and non-verbal cues.
Social skills are the building blocks for education and relationships. Many children and young adults struggle to learn appropriate social skills. This can lead to bullying or difficulty maintaining friendships. Positive social interactions increase self-esteem. It is important for children to learn how to join a group, share materials and wait for a turn. Friendships are built on communication which requires the ability to initiate and maintain a conversation. Learning to set personal boundaries and respect the personal space of others increases self-advocacy and healthy assertiveness. Many of these skills are best learned through small group sessions that are facilitated by a trained specialist.
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Participants are expected to participate in the weekly sessions.
Sessions are free. A $25 donation is requested at enrollment.
Groups are limited to 6 participants per group.