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Social Skills Groups

We are excited for our new hands-on social group structure this fall and winter! The Wise Family and Lipsett Learning Connection are pleased to offer a 4-week social skills group, led by experienced counselors, Kasey Cain, Resident in Counseling, and Ann-Bailey Lipsett, Special Education Teacher & DIR/Floortime practitioner, who will guide kids through hands-on skill building activities to boost problem solving, navigating how to share materials, and how to ask adults or peers for help.

We will be offering groups, including our tinker-social group on Sundays starting at 3:30 at the Wise Family Counseling Office in Alexandria. 

After you register, we will contact you to gain more insight into your child's strengths, development, and your goals for the group. From there, we will be able to identify which group your child will work best in, either starting at 3:30 or 4:40. 

Social Groups
October 20th - November 10th
February 9th - March 1st
Sunday afternoons starting at 3:30

Cost for this four week group is only $249 per person. All supplies are included

Wise Family Counseling in Alexandria


While your child is busy creating, 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.

This group is targeted for children between the ages of 5-7 who may have difficulty in 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.

About the 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!