The Early Childhood program is designed to help children in grades pre-K through 1 who are generally socially appropriate but have lapses in their social behavior—for example, they may be socially withdrawn or impulsive. The group works on developing positive social skills in the following areas:

  • Eye contact
  • Listening skills
  • Communication skills
  • Sharing
  • Joining in
  • Recognizing feelings in self and others
  • Solving problems
  • Dealing with feeling angry
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Body space issues

The skills are learned through:

  • Playing
  • Psycho-educational exercises
  • Verbal mediation
  • Modeling
  • Peer feedback
  • Creative and expressive therapies


The skills transfer from group to home and school through:

  • Parent group involvement
  • Practice assignments
  • Group social reinforcement


This group meets for 6-9 months once a week, with parent groups running simultaneously.

Group Leaders





For more information about our Early Childhood social skills training group, please contact us.


Fairfax 703-876-8480     Sterling 703-433-5771


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