Social skills groups are offered for children ages 4-13. Groups are formed when there are three or more children of similar age, development and cognitive ability ready to participate. Through a variety of activities, children learn and practice appropriate social behaviors within a small, structured, supportive group setting. The groups encourage children to develop the skills they need to improve self-esteem, coping skills, behavior and interpersonal relationships.

Groups are appropriate for children experiencing difficulties in their ability to interact positively with peers, or children experiencing difficulties developing and maintaining friendships. Such difficulties may be related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Disorder, or issues related to shyness, anger and aggression.

Groups meet for one-hour on a weekly basis. Parent feedback is provided.

Groups address:

  • Conversation skills: listening, sharing, taking turns during conversation, and staying on topic.
  • Attention skills: improving focus during conversation and activities.
  • Self regulation skills: using appropriate tone of voice and body language.
  • Nonverbal communication skills: maintaining eye contact, respecting personal space, interpreting and using facial expressions and gestures.
  • Understanding feelings and developing empathy: becoming aware of and expressing feelings, understanding the feelings of others, and managing emotions.
  • Behaviors that promote friendship: taking turns, cooperating, playing fair, compromising, complimenting, apologizing, and exercising self-control.
  • Problem solving skills: resolving conflicts, negotiating, and dealing with teasing and rejection.

 Individual and Family Counseling also available.

 For more information or to schedule an intake interview, contact:

Lois Feigenbaum, MSW, LCSW

West Orange, New Jersey

Phone: 862-252-7466 | E-mail: