Behaviour Matters

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What services do we provide?

What child would benefit from a social skills group program?

What difficulties do these children experience?

What signs should I look for?

Why are our social skills and emotional regulation programs so popular?

Benefits of Learning Social Skills

What skills will my child learn in a social skills group program?


What services do we provide?

  • Small and specialized social skills group programs
  • Anger and conflict management strategies
  • Social skills training
  • School consultation, observations/teacher consultation/feedback to parents
  • Community resources
  • 1:1 Counselling
  • Parent coaching
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Executive functioning coaching

What child would benefit from a social skills group program?

  • Attention deficits
  • Poor impulse control
  • Poor problem-solving skills
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative interaction skills
  • Difficulty reading social cues
  • Children diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome
  • Children diagnosed with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability
  • Children diagnosed with ASD

What difficulties do these children experience?

  • Peer relationships
  • Family conflict
  • Problem-solving
  • Interactions with adults
  • School performance
  • Social skills
  • Expressing feelings
  • Decision making
  • Reading social cues

What signs should I look for?

  • Anxiety
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Anger and aggression
  • Shyness
  • Isolation
  • Immaturity
  • Dependency
  • Impulsivity
  • Social awkwardness

Why are our social skills and emotional regulation programs so popular?

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.

What skills will my child learn in a social skills group program?

LISTENING: eye-contact, facial expression, tone of voice, nodding, asking questions and making comments, waiting their turn.

BEING A GROUP MEMBER: cooperation, turn-taking, listening, sharing, following directions, accepting and giving positive feed-back.

RECOGNITION OF FEELINGS: recognizing body cues (their own and others), teaching empathy.

RELAXATION AND MUSCLE TENSION EXERCISES: children learn a variety of ways to dissipate stress, anxiety and anger arousal. Deep breathing, lemon-squeeze, spaghetti toes, jelly belly.

RECOGNITION OF ANGER TRIGGERS: children learn to recognize their body cues to identify feelings.

VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES: children use a visual imagery technique as a way of helping them gain self-control. Breathing Down the Tension Scale, The Turtle Trick, The Stop Sign.

SELF-TALK: children use rational self-talk to slow down their responses and replace automatic thoughts triggered by conflict and uncomfortable situations.

DEALING WITH TEASING AND BULLYING: through the use of role-play children learn a variety of strategies to use in teasing and bullying situations.

TO TELL A FRIEND YOU'RE MAD: children learn to express themselves in a straight forward and non-attacking manner. Using "I" Messages.