Friendship Club – Social Skills
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.
- 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
Session Topics (Each Topic is run for a 6 week class)
Session 1 –
Nonverbal Communication – body language, eye contact, cues, facial expressions, and tone of voice
Session 2 –
Problem Solving & Active Listening Skills
Cooperation, Respect, Compliments & Good Sportsmanship
Approach-ability, Establishing and Maintaining Friendships, & Making Plan
Dealing with Bullying, Self-esteem & Self-confidence
Anger/Emotion Awareness, Compromising, & Conflict Resolution
Who is the Program Designed For?
Ages: 5 – 13
“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.”
“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.
Program Meets On
Tuesday – Junior Elementary Program: 5 to 7 yr olds 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Wednesday - Senior Elementary Program: 8 to 10 yr olds 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Thursday – Middle School Program: 11 to 13 yr olds 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Saturday – Junior Elementary Program: 5 to 7 yr at olds 9:30 – 11:00 am,
– Senior Elementary Program: 8 to 10 yr olds 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
– Middle School Program: 11 to 13 yr olds 1:30pm – 3:00 pm *January – February will not be running*
Location: 121 Willowdale Ave. Suite 203
Fees: $249.00 per 6 week session
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.
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.