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Social Skills Training For Teens

For teenagers, ages 13-16 who have social difficulties.

This program is for teenagers (ages 13-16) who have social difficulties, such as making interacting appropriately with others and making friends. Teens functioning at or approaching age level in the areas of cognition and language, with diagnosis that may include high-funtioning autism, Aspergers syndrome, attention deficit disorder, or learning disabilities are good candidates for this program

The goals for the group are to increase flexible thinking skills, expand upon pro-social behaviors, increase awareness of one’s own behaviors and appearance and how they affect others, as well as increase understanding of appropriate vs. inappropriate boy/girl interactions and topics of conversation. As your child’s social skills develop and are generalized to home and school, interactions with others will improve and new friendships are often formed, strengthening your child’s self esteem.

An in-depth curriculum with detailed lesson plans, as well as naturally occurring situations, provide many teaching opportunities. The teenagers learn and rehearse appropriate language and behaviors for a variety of situations. The curriculum covers; conversation skills, body language, teasing/bullying, social problem solving, frustration tolerance, conflict resolution, anger management, mealtime etiquette, expressing opinions, self-esteem, creative thinking, reading social situations, and more. The teen groups take trips into the community that foster their social skills. Some examples of trips include dining at a restaurant, bowling, miniature golf, shopping, and playing at an arcade.

Group leaders have a Masters level education or higher, in a relevant discipline such as social work, psychology, or education. Each group has a minimum of one adult assistant.

Parents meet with their group leader at the end of the class each week to discuss the lesson of the day and methods they can use to practice, expand and generalize the skills learned in class. Parents are provided with a weekly newsletter containing detailed information about the day’s lesson.

There are a total of ten classes per session, seven 1.5 hour classes and three 2 hour classes. Teen groups take several field trips into the community, with parents providing transportation. Group members participate in the decision of destinations for trips. There are two sessions annually, Fall and Spring.

For more information about this program, including, cost, dates, times and registration contact Willis Mawyer, BS, NCSP, Social Skills program coordinator: 516- 921-7171, Ext. Social Skills Program Fax: (516) 496-4958

Send the following 4 items to Willis Mawyer, VCLC, 47 Humphrey Drive, Syosset, NY 11791.
1. Registration form
2. Information sheet
3. VCLC medical form completed by your child’s doctor
4. Payment: check (payable to VCLC) or credit card information.

VCLC provides the paperwork required to submit the cost of the social skills program to insurance. As individual insurance plans vary, the fee for this program may be covered in full, partially, or not at all.

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