Social Skills Groups

Raleigh & Cary Social Skills Groups

Learn with the Best currently offers three language based social skills groups for children with disabilities. We have designed our groups to help children succeed with their social skill acquisition and implementation, and our results have been incredible! Children in our groups struggle with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, Aspergers or high functioning Autism (ASD/HFA), sensory processing disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and other various disabilities.

We serve children from Apex, Raleigh, Holly Springs and surrounding areas.

We are excited to share our new and improved PALS social skills groups with you. Parents will have access to information on our session themes and skills that will be focused on during the group meetings. As a reminder, our group content is not limited to the skills listed as we do incorporate input from parents as to things their child may need to work on as well as issues that may come up that effect the students in our groups. All group content will be leveled per specific PALS group and we do have some flexibility with student placement.

There are several common areas that students with social skills difficulties may display and these will be integrated into all of our session themes. They include but are not limited to: building self-esteem, conversation tips and tools, turn taking, transitions, and body language / facial expressions. Our upcoming social skills class descriptions and schedules are listed below. Have questions, please Contact Us.

 

2017 - 2018 PALS Social Skills Class Schedules - ALL Sessions Are 5 Weeks Long

Preschool PALS (Co-Ed Ages 3-6) PALS I (Co-Ed gr. K-2) PALS II (Co-Ed gr. 3-5) PALS III (Co-Ed gr. 6-8)
Meets - Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm Meets - Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm Meets - Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm Meets - Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Session 1 Begins - Sept. 28, 2017 Session 1 Begins - Sep. 27, 2017 Session 1 Begins - Sep. 27, 2017 Session 1 Begins - Sep. 27, 2017
Preschool PALS Registration School Age PALS Registration School Age PALS Registration School Age PALS Registration

Preschool PALS Social Skills

  • September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 2017

    Surviving School

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    This session we will be focusing on back to school basics and surviving the beginning of a new school year. As students move up in their grade level, teacher expectations and social dynamics change and may put our kids in unfamiliar territory. We will be working on skills related to greetings and introductions, paying attention, asking for help, dealing with positive and negative teacher response to requests and forming new friendships.

  • November 9,16, 30 & December 7 & 14, 2017

    Celebrations (friends, family, food and fun)

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    Friends, family, food and fun. .. .the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and excitement but they can also be a time of anxiety and frustration. Our routines are unstable and kids are asked to participate in activities which they may find uncomfortable. During these 5 weeks, we will focus on ways to decrease anxiety, appropriate conduct at social events, giving and receiving gifts and controlling holiday excitement. (We will skip the week of Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving)

  • January 11, 18, 25 & February 1 amp; 8, 2018

    Friendships (making and keeping friends)

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    Making and keeping friends can be so challenging amidst the social chaos in our schools and neighborhoods. These five weeks will cover making lasting friendships, being an active listener, actively and passively helping others, making good social choices and how to handle competition. Friendships will be a two-part session that will be revisited in May.

  • February 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018

    Feelings (expressing our feelings)

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    Expressing our feelings can be very difficult especially when we don’t always recognize our entire range of emotions. This session will focus on identifying and understanding our feelings, what feelings are comfortable versus uncomfortable, how to make ourselves feel emotionally strong and safe and how to calm down and manage stress.

  • April 12, 19, 26 & May 3 & 10, 2018

    Communication (effective communication)

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    The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally, is something that students with social skills difficulties struggle with on a daily basis. The meetings of this session will focus on interpreting nonverbal forms of communication, conversation initiation and maintenance and joining and exiting an ongoing conversation. Although these concepts are imbedded into all our groups, we feel is it important to also work on these skills in isolation to help remind and refine these important concepts.

  • May 17, 24 & 31, June 7 & 14, 2018

    Surviving Summer

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    This session we will be focusing on back to surviving the summer break. As the school year ends, students may be confused about attending new settings including moving up a grade level, summer camps, vacations, etc. This may put our kids in unfamiliar territory. We will be working on skills related to greetings and introductions, paying attention, asking for help, dealing with positive and negative teacher / counselor response to requests and forming new friendships.

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PALS I, II, & III Social Skills

  • September 27, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 2017

    Surviving School

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    This session we will be focusing on back to school basics and surviving the beginning of a new school year. As students move up in their grade level, teacher expectations and social dynamics change and may put our kids in unfamiliar territory. We will be working on skills related to greetings and introductions, paying attention, asking for help, dealing with positive and negative teacher response to requests and forming new friendships.

  • November 8,15, 29 & December 6 & 13, 2017

    Celebrations (friends, family, food and fun)

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    Friends, family, food and fun. .. .the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and excitement but they can also be a time of anxiety and frustration. Our routines are unstable and kids are asked to participate in activities which they may find uncomfortable. During these 5 weeks, we will focus on ways to decrease anxiety, appropriate conduct at social events, giving and receiving gifts and controlling holiday excitement. (We will skip the week of Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving)

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7, 2018

    Friendships (making and keeping friends)

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    Making and keeping friends can be so challenging amidst the social chaos in our schools and neighborhoods. These five weeks will cover making lasting friendships, being an active listener, actively and passively helping others, making good social choices and how to handle competition. Friendships will be a two-part session that will be revisited in May.

  • February 21 & 28, March 7, 14, & 21, 2018

    Feelings (expressing our feelings)

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    Expressing our feelings can be very difficult especially when we don’t always recognize our entire range of emotions. This session will focus on identifying and understanding our feelings, what feelings are comfortable versus uncomfortable, how to make ourselves feel emotionally strong and safe and how to calm down and manage stress.

  • April 11, 18, 25 & May 2 & 9, 2018

    Communication (effective communication)

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    The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally, is something that students with social skills difficulties struggle with on a daily basis. The meetings of this session will focus on interpreting nonverbal forms of communication, conversation initiation and maintenance and joining and exiting an ongoing conversation. Although these concepts are imbedded into all our groups, we feel is it important to also work on these skills in isolation to help remind and refine these important concepts.

  • May 16, 23 & 30, June 6 & 13, 2018

    Surviving Summer

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    This session we will be focusing on back to surviving the summer break. As the school year ends, students may be confused about attending new settings including moving up a grade level, summer camps, vacations, etc. This may put our kids in unfamiliar territory. We will be working on skills related to greetings and introductions, paying attention, asking for help, dealing with positive and negative teacher / counselor response to requests and forming new friendships.

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