Social Skills Groups

Raleigh & Cary Social Skills Groups

Learn with the Best is thrilled to offer social skills on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm (gr. K-2) and 5:00 - 6:00 pm (gr. 3-5) throughout the year. We will be using a curriculum called Skillstreaming The Elementary Child. The information below can help you determine if this specific curriculum would be helpful to your child.

Skillstreaming is a research-based prosocial skills training program that teaches students how to handle a variety of day-to-day concerns in positive ways. These sessions are typically conducted in a group setting, made up of 4 to 8 students. Skillstreaming is made up of a four-part training approach, which consists of modeling, role-playing, performance feedback and generalization.The instructor will describe and model the skill, have each student practice the skill by acting out a scenario with a peer, give feedback on what was done well and what could be worked on, and send home an assignment to practice the skill in the home or community. Some examples of lessons include following instructions, ignoring distractions, playing a game, showing and understanding another's feelings, dealing with fear and setting a goal.

The specific curriculum would be beneficial for a child who is able to remember and follow rules, finds value in social attention and is motivated to interact with others but has limited skills. A higher level of language is also necessary in order for your child to be successful when using this curriculum. For example, your child should use pronouns, adjectives and prepositions, spontaneously make comments to you, be able to hold a conversation, describe an event and request information when needed. Social skills can still be taught to your child, if they do not yet have these prerequisites, using other interventions. Some of these include increasing approach behavior and staying with peers, sharing toys, responding to peer requests, asking peers for toys or attention and playing a game with a peer.

Learn with the Best's Social Skills Groups are run by Ms. Aysha, who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Educated at West Virginia University for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psycology and at the University of Pittsburgh to obtain her Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis, Ms. Aysha has implemented the principles of ABA in both clinical and school settings for over 5 years.

Please note, since Ms. Aysha is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, you may be able to submit your invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement. We are happy to provide coded invoices for you to use for this purpose.

Our number one goal is to help your child succeed and reach the best possible outcome in life!

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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
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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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