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Please tell me your experience with social skills groups (or classes or camps) for your kids.<br><br>
What were they like? Did they help? Did your child(ren) enjoy them?<br><br>
I'm looking into a few social skills camps (1 - 2 hour/week program, not sleep away camp!) this summer for my dd (almost 5, sensory issues, resistance to peer interaction, possibly on the autism spectrum).<br><br>
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My Ds does a social skils group once a week and then during the summer as well. He likes it. I can't say that its 'helped" any, but he likes the kids he has group with and they are dealign with the same social issues he is so its a "fair playing field" as far as friendships go.
 

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Thanks for sharing your experience.<br><br>
I am actually surprised at how many there are! Just looking today and calling around, I've found 4 different social skills "camps" this summer. They vary in frequency, from 4 days a week for 8 weeks (too much) to once a week.
 

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My DD was going to a "Girls Friendship" social skills group, which was an equine therapy group with a social worker and a horse specialist person; not riding the horse, just working with it, or grooming it, etc. while they worked on other skills. It has done wonders for her; much more than the counselor she was seeing.<br>
I saw vast improvement in things like eye contact, conversation skills, and even a remarkable change in her toe-walking.<br>
As soon as we are able, I am getting her back in. This was a weekly group, after school. If I can get her into something similar for a camp-type thing, I would love to, if it would help her the way this had.
 

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My son was a part of a local social skills group for 8 months or so. They met every other week and were all kiddos with Asperger's Syndrome. The were 5-6 and it was led by an SLP. He had a lot of fun and then as that 8 month point came he told me "mom, I know how to play with the kids at school, I don't need social skills anymore" So I talked to his teacher and did some sleuthing on my own (dropping him off for school like normal then parking and watching his interactions hehe). Sure enough he participated instead of just standing there/watching.<br><br><br>
So we stopped because he declared he was done but we are really glad that we did the group.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">My son was a part of a local social skills group for 8 months or so. They met every other week and were all kiddos with Asperger's Syndrome. The were 5-6 and it was led by an SLP. He had a lot of fun and then as that 8 month point came he told me "mom, I know how to play with the kids at school, I don't need social skills anymore" So I talked to his teacher and did some sleuthing on my own (dropping him off for school like normal then parking and watching his interactions hehe). Sure enough he participated instead of just standing there/watching.<br><br><br>
So we stopped because he declared he was done but we are really glad that we did the group.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> That's a great story!<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">We did a social skills group last year. It was terrible. It was so stressful on ds that we stopped going toward the end. His behavior got worse from going to the social group.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm sorry he hated it. I guess, like everything else, there are good programs and not-so-good ones, or ones that are a good fit for some kids but not others.
 

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Yeah, this place was actually recommended by someone. They were in a new location and had new teachers so that had a lot to do with it.<br><br>
Plus, ds was so rigid that he didn't like suddenly having to go to a new place being stuck in a small room with new kids/adults. It was too much for him. Sensory overload. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Plus, ds was so rigid that he didn't like suddenly having to go to a new place being stuck in a small room with new kids/adults. It was too much for him. Sensory overload</td>
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I'm worried dd would react this way. She really doesn't like group-things at all. But one of the OT's I was talking to on the phone yesterday says that she tries to do one-on-one (or two on one?) things with kids. She'll assess your child, then try to match her up with another child for some social skills stuff with the two kids + a therapist. That sounds like it might be good. (Unfortunately, that particular OT doesn't take our insurance.)
 

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My ds (8) was involved in a group last spring and a new group started up this spring (wasn't in place in between due to coordinator leaving for a new job.) It's coordinated by a professor in the SLP dept at the university in the town we live in, and usually the prof tries to get grad students to lead the meetings. It's called a club, but it's mainly held to teach the kids some social skills, etc. Ds has a GREAT time. It's so much fun for him, and I really think it's great for these kids' self-esteem to be in a group w/ so many other kids who think and act just like they do. I'm sure most of them are the only kids on the spectrum in their school classes, so it's really good for them to see that they're not the only "weirdos" out there. My ds is very lucky that our next door neighbor and really good friend has some aspie kids as well (undiagnosed) and we all homeschool, but the club is great. I've also found I get along REALLY well w/ the other moms, and I don't think it's a coincidence that WE think and act a lot alike as well. lol
 
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