Social Skills Groups  

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Join us for our Social Skills-Tinker Group. This group lets your child learn and practice social skills while involved in highly engaging, meaningful tasks.

Hands-On Social Skills Training

While your child is happily engaged working on a project, he or she will be guided through social skills and emotional regulation strategies by a trained counselor and a special education teacher, who will provide in-the-moment coaching.

These groups are targeted for children who may have difficulty one or more of the following areas:

  • Developing a plan and following it through
  • Managing emotions when things do not go as planned,
  • Accepting ideas from others when working in a group
  • Sharing materials

This series will target essential skills such as problem solving, navigating how to share materials, and how to ask for help from peers and adults.


Ages 8-11 - Cooperation and Collaboration Skills Builder Group

Classes run on Sunday afternoons, 4:30-5:30, October 22nd through November 12th. Each week the group will be given a hands-on project to complete together.

$135 for four session. All supplies are included.

Conveniently located at the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington in Ballston (free parking available).

601 N Vermont St, Arlington, Va 22203

 

Ages 5-7 - Social Skills Tinker Group

Classes run on Sunday afternoons, 4:30 to 5:30, January 21st through February 4th.

The children will be working together to create their own busy town out of re-purposed materials.


Group Leaders


Kasey Cain, believes in supporting the social-emotion growth and development children.  Kasey works to engage children through stories, games, art, and exploration because she believes that children learn through playing and interacting with people and the world around them. Kasey received her undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia.  After gaining some work experience in a pre-school and museum education department, Kasey decided to earn her Masters of Education from George Mason University with a focus on School Counseling.  She has practiced as a professional school counselor since 2006.  As a lifelong learner, Kasey then went back to school to pursue her certification for community counseling.    While continuing to work in the school system, Kasey began her work as a Resident in Counseling in 2015.  Kasey is thrilled to be partnering with an amazing Special Education teacher to offer these groups.



Ann-Bailey Lipsett, is a special education teacher and the founder of Lipsett Learning Connection. She has years of training and practice using Responsive Classroom, as well as the executive functioning curriculum, Unstuck and On Target. In 2011 she published an article in a peer-reviewed journal about teaching children emotional regulation skills in the school setting. She has a Master’s Degree in special education from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Kasey again!
 


Project Based Book Club!

Make books come alive this fall with a our project-based book club!

Details: 
12:30 - 1:30, Thursday afternoons
Arlington Central Library
Ages 5-8
September 14th through December 7th (No class October 5th and November 23rd)
$100 per student

This class encourages energetic discussions and creative problem solving based around student-chosen books. The group discusses one book over the course of two weeks. The first week the students discuss the book using the Socratic seminar method and the second week they complete a project centered around the book. All projects will be completed in class (unless a child chooses to finish the project at home) and will vary between group and independent work. The Socratic seminar method encourages students to listen and respond to one another's thoughts, and maximizes their participation. 

 

Additional Activities:

Free Sensory Storytimes

Kings Park Library