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DDS and LVC Partner to Offer Social Skill Groups
 
09/19/2018 02:15 PM

 

Who Should Attend?  children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other social delays who would like the opportunity to further develop social skills.



Adults who wish to improve their social skills should participate

 

Groups and Times: 

Group 1      Children Ages 3 – 6      Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.



Group 2      Children Ages 9 – 13      Tuesdays 6 – 7 p.m.



Group 3      Adults Over Age 20      Tuesdays 3 – 4 p.m.



How?  - 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. 



What to Expect?  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.



Why?  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.



Cost?  Sessions are free and will run weekly throughout the fall until November 13th. A donation of $25 is requested at enrollment.



To enroll call DDS and/or complete the form on the website.


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.

 

Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley (DDS) is a charitable 501 (c)3 organization with a mission to empower children with developmental delays and persons with disabilities to lead more productive, satisfying and/or independent lives. We achieve our mission through training and education services.  DDS has been serving the Lebanon County residents since 1961, working with individuals from birth and throughout their life time. For more information on DDS programs and services visit our website at www.ddslebanon.org.

 
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