First Friends Social Skills
Building meaningful connections for children ages three to six.
First Friends is a social skills program for children ages three to six who need help with joining play, establishing and maintaining friendships, and participating in group activities.
The program meets once per week over a period of six weeks. In each session, children have opportunities to participate in a range of social experiences, from cooperative play to group activities, with a focus on the social and emotional skills necessary for joining and being a member of a group.
The program includes a parent orientation session prior to the start of the social skills group and parent participation in some of the sessions, depending on the social and emotional needs of the child. Parents may request an optional school observation of their child in his/her current school or group setting prior to the start of the social skills group.
The fee is $350 for six sessions and includes the parent orientation and optional school observation. We will be planning our next First Friends sessions for fall/winter 2022. Please check back for dates to be posted here.
Areas of Focus
- Helping those who are shy or nervous around teachers and/or peers
- Developing flexibility in social interactions, including playing cooperatively and sharing
- Supporting the development of communication skills
- Recognizing and respecting boundaries, personal space, and the feelings of others
1:00 – 1:30 pm: Arrival and play activities
1:30 – 1:40 pm: Clean-up and transition to group time
1:40 – 2:00 pm: Group activity (story time, circle time, group games)
2:00 – 2:20 pm: Art or fine motor activity
2:20 – 2:30 pm: Closing circle and goodbyes
There can be many reasons for a child’s difficulties in the area of their social development, specifically with joining peers in play and collaboration. In addition to providing children with a positive group experience, one of the goals of First Friends is to understand the various reasons a child is struggling socially so that he or she can be helped in a way that is personal and meaningful.
Jennifer Reid, Early School Director and First Friends Coordinator/Teacher