Social Skills groups are small groups that teach kids how to interact successfully with others. Our social skills groups allow children to practice the new skills they are learning with their peers instead of just talking about it.
Social Skills Groups are run by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Children are grouped based on their age and ability level. Groups are small with 8 or fewer children in any given group.
All groups are currently run, with the exception of our monthly group, at our center at 6 Eagle Center Suite 1 O’fallon IL 62265.
Age specifications for each group are guidelines. Your child may be placed up/down in a group based on the make-up of the group and the needs of your child.
If your child is currently receiving ABA therapy from us, it may be possible to bill insurance for social skills groups. If you are private pay, costs will be based on the level of support needed (i.e. does your child require a 1:1 staff) and the amount of sessions purchased. Discounts will be offered for families that pre-pay for blocks of social skills sessions. Contact BTS for current private pay rates. All groups are from 4 pm-5:30 pm weekly.
4-6 year olds
Early Learners places an emphasis on: -Playing cooperatively with peers -Inviting peers to play -Requesting and responding to requests -Protesting appropriately -Sharing -Introductions -Asking and answering peers questions -Getting attention before requesting -Making related comments on objects/toys -Playing social games
Elementary Learners 7-11 year olds Wednesdays 4-5:30
Elementary learner groups places an emphasis on: -Conversational and listening skills -Initiating, maintaining, and ending play -Following group instructions -Dealing with conflicts -Managing emotions -Making and keeping friends
Pre-Teen/Teen Learners 12-18 years old Tuesdays 4-5:30
The Pre-Teen/Teen group places an emphasis on: -Conversational Skills -Emotional management -Classroom/Group behavior -Initiate and maintain interactions with peer groups -Electronic communication -Interactions with opposite sex -Handling disagreements -Handling bullying
Monthly Social Skills Group
A monthly social skills program is offered to all children of all ages. Children are divided by age group and participate in a monthly lesson (past offerings include making friends, stranger danger, participating in a group), snack, a craft activity targeting specific fine motor skills, and group games.
When: 2nd Saturday of every month
Times: Drop off time is 9:50- 10 am and pick up is at 12:00 pm
Where: 775 N. Green Mt Rd. Belleville, IL 62221 (Cornerstone Christian Church)
Cost: This group is open to the public and costs $20 per child for private pay and $5 per child for those covered by insurance. This is to cover the costs of supplies and activities.