Good Shepherd Pediatrics offers structured social skills development for many age groups. Through story books, interactive play and role play, children have the chance to practice new skills in a fun environment under the direction of pediatric speech and occupational therapists. Groups are designed to meet the needs of each individual learner and not based solely on age of the child.
What are social skills?
Social skills are how we act when we are around other people. Social skills involve verbal language (what we say) and nonverbal language (facial expressions and body language). Some children have difficulty learning these skills on their own and need therapeutic instruction to improve their social communication.
Examples of social skills include:
- Starting conversations
- Keeping the conversation going
- Asking questions to show interest in others
- Filtering polite and impolite comments
- Understanding body language
- Working in a group
- Turn taking in activities and conversations
- Interpreting facial expressions
- Accepting disappointment
Why are social skills important?
When we are around other people we need to think about how the things we say and do affect other people. Thinking about others will help us:
- Have meaningful conversations
- Connect with others
- Make friends
- Treat peers and adults with respect
Developing these skills now will help prepare children for social success in school, extracurricular activities, family gatherings and in the community.
Social Skills Groups are currently being offered at the following locations:
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation - Health and Technology Center
850 South 5th Street
Allentown, PA 18051
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation - Cedar Pointe
1651 North Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18104
To learn more about Pediatric Social Skills Groups offered at Good Shepherd, or to register your child, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).