When deciding on programs to help your child thrive, one important area that is sometimes overlooked is strengthening social skills. South Bay Kids Connection (SBKC) is a new program in the South Bay focusing on social skills. Diana Cortese, South Bay Kids Connection Founder recently shared with us some information about what kids and parents can expect with SBKC weekly social skill group classes.
1. Tell us a little about your program.
South Bay Kids Connection offers social skills groups for children that focus on developing and enhancing the social emotional skills that create meaningful and positive peer relationships. These important life skills, such as cooperating with others, regulating one’s own behavior, reading social cues and showing empathy have been proven to not only improve children’s social abilities but increase their academic success as well. We have weekly groups for different age groups and all are run by experienced Behavior Analysts.
2. What do kids love most about your program?
Our kids love that they are there to have fun. They love our creative games and active discussions that involve learning about each other and thrive off of cheering each other on, helping each other, and expressing their ideas. It is a joy to watch and listen to the kids spontaneously compliment and encourage their peers throughout the session.
3. What is unique about your program?
We are unique because we don’t lecture children or have them memorize rules about social norms. We create situations through games and activities in which the children experience naturally how beneficial it is to work as a team and be supportive of one another. Our goal is for our kids to become socially motivated, flexible problem solvers. We run contrary to competitive programs that unintentionally put unnecessary stress on children. Our kiddos know and appreciate that at SBKC, we are all important and all learning together.