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Social Skills

School-Wide Social Skills Curriculum

  • Second Step
    Anti-bullying program used in our Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Responsive Classroom
    A school wide social curriculum
  • Elementary After School Enrichment (EASE)
    EASE offers Social Games Groups at certain times during the year after school. These classes are for typical and not-typical children who would like to practice social skills through cooperative games. These are listed in the after school catalog and on the NPS website link. Students from all Needham schools can register for the classes.

Private Social Groups

  • Academy Metro West (Natick)
    Licensed mental health counselors run weekly group therapy sessions for children between the ages of 6 and 15. Groups take place in a gymnasium setting and center on cooperative, non-competitive physical activity. Children are placed in groups based upon age, grade, physical skills, overall developmental level, and personality, with the goal of maximizing the chances for forming meaningful connections with fellow group members. 
  • The Acadmemy of Physical and Social Development (Newton)
    The Academy is a child and adolescent centered agency offering a social skills group program, individual counseling, and school-based services to Newton and the greater Boston Area.
  • Advances Learning Center
    85 Main Street suite 102 Watertown, MA. 617-923-7575
  • Alison Ratner Mayer / Child Therapy in Boston
    Social skills, music therapy, and sibling support groups.
    400 Hunnewell St, Needham, MA. 781-400-2641
  • The Ely Center
    72W Rowe Street Auburndale, MA. 617-795-1755
  • Youth Care
    Massachusetts General Hospital - Wellesley, Charlestown sites & Hale Reservation, Westwood (Summer)
    Dr. Scott McLeod, Youth Care Executive Director
    47A River Street, Suite A200 Wellesley, MA 02481 617-726-0060
  • Confidence Connection
    Eve Weber, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA, Director
    140 Gould Street, Needham, MA 02494 781-433-9890
  • Children's Therapy Associates (CTA)
    17 Strathmore Rd
    Natick Ma 01760 508-650-0457
  • Children & Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    AD/HD Parent Support Group
    2nd Tuesday of the Month (except August)
    Whitney Place, 3 Vision Drive, Natick, MA
    Brochure
  • Learning Solutions
  • Social Dynamix
    This interactive learning program combines expressive therapy, psychodrama, social pragmatics, and theatre to help individuals overcome anxiety in social settings and acquire a larger repertoire of pragmatic skills.
  • Group Dynamic
    An after-school activity group counseling program that focuses on children's personal and social growth

Web Sites

  • Social Thinking
    A website dedicated to providing practical frameworks, strategies and products to teach social problem solving, social emotional interpretation and social skills across schools, homes, communities and workplaces across the lifespan and around the globe.
  • Social Skills Central
    A website produced by The Guidance Group, a publishing company that specializes in hands-on materials for character education, life skills, school success and mental health.
  • How to Make and Keep Friends
    Donna Shea and Nadine Briggs, friendship experts and social coaches, created this site as a resource to support the social success of children at home, at school and on the playground.

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