iFriend: A Social Skills Group
Does your child have difficulty making friends?
Is your child rigid and inflexible, always wanting to do things his or her way?
Is your child shy and timid, often avoiding social interactions?
Does your child tend to miss social cues, annoy others, act inappropriately, or use humor at the wrong time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, iFriend could help your child.
iFriend is a social skills group for children in elementary school, age 8 to 11. The program helps children develop friendship skills, learn how to converse better with peers, and cope with frustration. Parents also learn strategies to help children integrate social skills into daily life at home, school, and play. The goal of the program is for children to become more socially competent, confident and friendly.
Eligible children are invited to participate in a 10-week social skills program, where they will learn skills along with their peers through games, role-playing, team-building challenges, and group activities. Parents will meet separately to learn how to encourage and support skills practice outside the group sessions.
Registration is open year-round. Groups are filled based on the child’s needs, fit for the program, and the age of members beginning the next group cycle.
- Parent group leader: Beverly Rich, PMHCNS-BC
- Child group leader: Caley Arzamarski, PhD