Groups for School Age and Teens

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Behaviour Matters is dedicated to providing social skills group programs for children of all ages. Our unique programs will help children to develop the skills that they require in order for them to lead positive and productive lives. Our programs are offered in the daytime, after school and on the weekends.

Cheri Boros, CYC, CYW (CERT.) and Karen Connort, CYC, CYW (CERT.) are members of the Child and Youth Counsellors Association and are co-founders of Behaviour Matters. They have over 25 years direct experience working with children and teens in educational and mental health settings. Their work often includes offering individual and group counselling for children, teens and parents.

The Importance of Learning Social Skills

Our world is a social place, and we spend most of our time as members of social groups. We all use our social skills everywhere we go. Social skills are about sharing space with others and being able to get along with people in a variety of settings. An individual’s social success is based upon the quality of his or her social interactions. In order to have positive social interactions, an individual needs to be socially competent and have strong social learning skills.

Your child or youths social skills are one of, if not the most important factor in his or her academic and personal success.

A large body of research indicates that learning and strengthening social skills helps ensure positive short and long-term academic and personal success.

Benefits of Learning Social Skills:

  • Learning social skills improves children and youths’ positive behavior and reduces negative behavior

While effectively preventing a variety of problems such as alcohol and drug use, violence, truancy, and bullying, social skills learning promotes students academic success, health, and overall well-being.

  • Effective social skills learning significantly improves children and youths’:
    • Social-emotional skills
    • Academic achievement
    • Conduct in school, at home, and in the community
    • Attitudes about self and others
    • Social interactions
    • Decreases their levels of emotional distress
  • Social Skills learning is associated with improvements in academic performance and attitudes toward school
    • Studies have shown that students who receive social skills training have more positive attitudes about school.
    • Social skills’ learning helps prepare young people for success in transition and adulthood.
    • Social skills learning improves students’ communication with peers and adults, improves cooperative teamwork, and helps them become effective, caring, concerned members of their communities. At the same time it teaches them how to set and achieve individual goals and persistence, skills that important for their successful development into adulthood, work and life.
As of December 1st, 2016 we will be located at:
130 Bridgeland Ave., Suite LL02
Toronto, ON, M6A1Z5
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