Social Skills Groups

DIR® SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP INFORMATION

MUSIC | MOVEMENT | SENSORY | PLAY | GUIDED PEER INTERACTION

 

Our social skills groups focus on social emotional development, the underlying foundation for communication, socialization, relationships, self-esteem, academic success, mental health, and overall well-being.  Weekly groups take place at We Rock the Spectrum in Boca Raton, and are designed to encourage peer interaction and socialization through developmentally appropriate activities and DIR Floortime®️techniques.  We accommodate children of all abilities and levels of functioning, ages 3-12 years. 
 

DIR® is the Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based Model developed by the late child psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Greenspan and clinical psychologist Dr. Serena Wieder.  

 

DIR Floortime® is an effective, evidence-based, developmental approach to intervention that focuses on both emotional and cognitive development together.  By building an emotional foundation, research has proven that children with disorders in communicating and relating, are able to drastically improve the ability to communicate meaningfully, socialize and relate to others, control impulses, and develop academic and higher level thinking skills.  


DIR Floortime® combines the child's developmental level of functioning, sensory-processing profile, and relationships to build an emotional foundation for all future learning and functional life success.  Experiences are emotionally meaningful to the child in order to develop an intrinsic motivation to learn, communicate, and relate.  

Please see below for details.

Social Skills Groups (3 - 12 years)

Groups are for any child struggling with peer relationships including, but not limited, to the following:

  • Autism

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  • ADHD/ADD

  • Developmental Delay

  • Behavior challenges or concerns

  • Anxiety

  • Self-regulation difficulties

  • Inattention

  • Difficulty with transitions

  • Immature play skills

  • Difficulty making friends

  • Unusually low or high activity level

  • Difficulty expressing feelings and/or reading the emotions of others

 

The DIR Floortime® social skills groups are centered around the DIR philosophy to encourage and promote:

  • Healthy social relationships

  • Initiation of and ability to maintain social interactions with peers

  • Reciprocal peer interactions

  • Reading and responding to verbal and nonverbal social cues

  • Social Problem Solving

  • Sensory processing

  • Emotional development (expressing and understanding feelings)

  • Emotional regulation (identifying and controlling intense feelings in social situations)

  • Impulse control

  • Conflict resolution

  • Negotiation skills

  • Motor planning and sequencing

 

Each child's readiness for social groups depends on their current developmental level of functioning and sensory processing strengths, challenges, and needs.  An intake may be necessary to assess social group readiness and placement. Children are grouped based on their developmental level of functioning and sensory processing needs

Groups are limited to 4-6 children and are added based on demand.

Please contact Dana Weine for more information.

*GARDINER SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDER

Boca Raton, FL 33498

dana.weine@earlyworkstherapy.com

Dana Weine, M.S.

 Developmental Play Therapist

Certified DIRFloortime Provider 

Tel: 312-493-4641

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