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Social Skills Group Therapy

Program Overview

Social Skills Building

This program uses an Interdisciplinary approach (mix of Behavior analytic approach, Sensory Motor skills, and communication skills) to equip participants to handle various social situations by breaking requisite skills into several steps.

Under the guidance of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists, we can assess, develop the required skills, and demonstrate progress across sessions.

Techniques and Strategies Used

A variety of techniques and evidenced-based program strategies are used in group therapy sessions, including:

Program Benefits

What's in this Program for You

Enhanced Social Skills

Develop crucial social abilities for improved interaction and relationship-building with peer

Improved Communication

Strengthen verbal and nonverbal communication skills, aiding in clearer expression and understanding

Who Can Benefit from Our Program

This program is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, or other social and language challenges. Participants may exhibit:

Skills Taught

Social, Adaptive, Vocational, and Self-Help

Our social skills group touches on many social, adaptive, vocational, and self-help topics. These topics are derived from the research-based curriculum:

  • The PEERS Curriculum: Created at UCLA by Elizabeth Laugeson1, the PEERS is a socially validated curriculum for peer-based social groups.
  • Social Thinking by Dr. Michelle Garcia Winner, a well-known social skills clinician.

Social skills help children learn the skills on how to act in different social situations – ranging from interacting with teachers or while playing with their friends at school. It helps your child make friends, learn from others, and develop hobbies and interests.

Development of social skills in children also improves their family relationships and give the child a sense of belongingness as part of the family.

Play Skills

For example, taking turns in games or sharing toys

Conversation Skills

For example, choosing what to talk about or what body language to use

Emotional Skills

For example, managing emotions and understanding how others feel

Problem-Solving Skills

For example, dealing with conflict or making decisions in social situations


Frequently Asked Questions

Our program targets various difficulties, such as trouble making friends, difficulty understanding nonverbal communication, and challenges with impulse control.

Sessions include therapist-facilitated discussions, role-play, group games, and social stories, offering a diverse range of interactive learning experiences.

Children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, social anxiety, or language challenges can benefit from improving social interaction, communication, and relationship-building skills.

We Are Here for You

Book a consultation today, let’s create a customized plan for your child’s growth

Shalini Das

Director, Board Certified Behavior Analyst,Occupational Therapist

Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. She currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. Shalini has more than 25 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.Shalini is listed in the RASP list as a Behavior Consultant and an Occupational Therapist.

Shalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication, and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model, etc.

Shalini has trained & supervised several teams of therapists, parents, and other professionals on evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve the quality of life for the children. She also assists with the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches, in addition to providing clinical guidance and mentorship to the Behavioral intervention team.

Shalini is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from the University of Southern California and in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) from NDT Association, USA. She also enjoys working with children in Symbiosis embracing different therapy models while viewing the challenges faced by the children through the developmental framework.

Shalini is the mother of two children and understands the importance of considering the needs and wants of all members of the family when establishing therapy goals. She spends her spare time with her children and husband, reading, traveling, and cooking different recipes from around the world.