Learning social skills does not come automatically for some children. While some learn by example from watching adult social interactions, others, sometimes with learning or development problems, might struggle with social interactions. In these cases a social skills group can be a solution.

Social skills groups are formed by a group (typically, consisting of two and eight children) led by an adult that teaches them how to interact appropriately with others of their age and people in general. The aim is to teach them normal conversational skills, how to interact with friends and overall problem-solving skills in a social environment.

This is an effective way to teach children how to control their emotional responses in social situations and to appreciate other people’s opinions and responses. Groups are often led by a psychologist or other professional and are offered outside the school environment.