Well-developed social skills are a foundation for successful community participation. However, for some kids and teens, engaging socially with others can be a challenge. We often see children who are keen to form friendships but unsure how to go about this.
Our peer groups aim to teach children and adolescents a variety of important social skills including:
- sharing and turn-taking
- appropriate assertion with peers
- language in play
- structured and imaginative games
- socially expected behaviour
- ways to form friendships
Each child also has individual goals targeted within the peer group setting. For example, a child who has trouble initiating conversation with others will get focused opportunities to learn and use this skill in the peer setting. Parents are also provided with ongoing feedback regarding their child’s progress.
There are 2-4 kids in each peer group, maintaining low numbers to ensure your child gets lots of opportunities to learn and socialise, and all abilities are welcome.
Peer groups at Village Psychology:
children aged roughly 3.5 to 5 years old
children aged roughly 5.5 to 8.5 years old
children aged roughly 9 to 12 years old