Friendship Club – Social Skills

*New and Improved for 2013/2014*

Program Overview

For many children with a Learning Disability and Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, interacting and socializing with peers can present an ongoing struggle.

In general, the ability to understand social interactions, read facial expressions, perceive and express emotions, and interpret language’s more subtle meanings is acquired intuitively at an early age. Those with learning disabilities, however, sometimes need help in both developing and understanding these social skills. As they learn, they also need a safe and supportive place where they can practice these skills.

The Learning Disabilities Association Toronto District provides a specialized program to meet these needs.  This program builds positive social relationships where self-esteem and self-confidence can develop appropriately.  LDATD’s Social Skills and Socialization Program provides opportunities for developing important and positive peer relationships.

Program Goals

  • To help participants develop social skills, life skills, and problem-solving strategies, including conversation and basic interaction skills
  • To allow participants to use these skills in a variety of activities, such as group discussion, cooperative games, role-playing, art projects, and recreational activities
  • To help participants develop awareness of their individual styles of interacting and to learn what works and what doesn’t
  • To promote self-esteem and build self-confidence

Social Skills Covered in the 13 Week Session

Nonverbal Communication – body language, eye contact, cues, facial expressions etc ( 3- 4 sessions)

Tone of Voice – (1 session)

Problem Solving (2 sessions)

Active Listening Skills (1 session)

Cooperation and Respect (1-2 sessions)

Compliments (1 -session)

Approach-ability (1 -2 session)

Social Skills Covered in the 10 Week Session

Dealing with Bullying ( 2 sessions)

Anger Awareness (1 session)

Conflict Resolution (1 session)

Compromising (1 session)

Good Sportsmanship (1 session)

Establishing and Maintaining Friendships (2 sessions)

Making Plans (1 session)

Self-esteem and Self-confidence (1-2 sessions)

*Program topics may be adjusted to meet the specific needs of the participants* 


Who is the Program Designed For?

Ages: 5 – 13

Parent Testimonials 

“I so greatly appreciate and thank LDATD and the wonderful staff that have helped my daughter gain confidence she needs and the skills that she needs to become a successful individual. The program, LDATD, and the staff taught my daughter positive social and friendship skills she required to become a happy successful student, class mate, friend and family member.”

-       Thekla

 “My son is currently in the Social Skills program and he enjoys it very much.  He has learned some key skills that he is using every day.  The staff is very patient with the kids and explains things at their level.  They are very positive about the program and encourage the children to do their best.  I’m very thankful that they have created this program and it is helping my son understand the different skills and how to use them in a social setting.”


Friendship Club - Social Skills Details 2013 – 2014

All programs are led by two trained leaders with between 5 and 10 participants.

Session 1: Fall 2013

13 weeks 

September 23 – December 16, 2013

Session 2: Winter 2014

10 weeks

January 6 – March 17, 2014

Session 3: Spring 2014

13 weeks

March 31 – June 23, 2014

Program Meets On 

Tuesday  -  Junior Elementary Program: 5 to 7 yr at olds 4:30 – 6:00 *Limited Spaces Still Available*

Wednesday - Senior Elementary Program: 8 to 10 yr olds  at 4:30 – 6:00 *FULL*

Thursday  -  Middle School Program: 11 to 13 yr olds  at 4:30 – 6:00 * Limited Spaces Still Available*


Contact LDATD to let us know you are interested in the program. Leave your name, phone number, and name and age of your child. You will be contacted to arrange an intake. Attend the intake with your child. This is our chance to get to know your child and your opportunity to ask questions and gather information. Based on this intake, we will decide whether or not this is the program for your child and, if so, which group would best suit him or her.

Fees are tax-deductible as a medical expense. To qualify for this deduction, a letter is required from your doctor recommending this program.

Due to enrollment requirements, program availability is subject to change.

This program does not take the place of therapy.


Online Enrolment

Click here to complete the application form online

Fax/Email Enrolment

Social Skills – Application Form 2013-2014. Complete the form and fax back to us at 416-229-1681 or scan and email to

Telephone Enrolment

Contact LDATD at (416) 229-1680 and leave your name, phone number and we will send you an application form.


Note: Deposit is non-refundable. No make up classes available.

Payment plans available. Limited subsidies (partial or full) available depending on financial need.