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Occupational Therapy Groups for Social Skills and Life Skills

 

Our OT groups provide opportunities for children, teens, and young adults to engage in fun activities with similar aged peers while developing social skills and life skills. We may also incorporate animal assisted therapy if appropriate. The groups are led by an occupational therapist who designs and modifies every activity for each participant’s abilities, needs, and goals so everyone is successful and improving their skills. We often combine both social skills and life skills but the focus of each group will depend on participants’ needs. These groups are for new and existing OT clients and requires a screening or evaluation.

OT Group Information

  • Group size: between 2 to 6 participants (new and existing OT clients)
  • Time: meets for 1 to 1.5 hours, once a week, for 6 weeks
  • Location: varies within Orange County, Long Beach, and South Bay
  • Cost: contact us for rates

Want to join a group? Review the group descriptions below and contact us.

New groups will be starting soon! Space is limited.

We offer groups for:

  • Children (ages 5-7)
  • Pre-teens (ages 8-12)
  • Teens (ages 13-18)
  • Young Adults (ages 18+)
We also provide recreational classes for individuals to learn about dogs, pet care, training, and animal assisted interventions with our canine co-therapists – click here for more information.

If you want to participate in classes with your own dog, we offer dog training classes – click here for more information.

OT Group Descriptions

Social Skills Group

Social skills are necessary to communicate and interact well with others in everyday life. We have groups for children, teens, and young adults who may have difficulty getting along with their peers, making friends, or understanding social contexts. Some individuals who may benefit from this group experience autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive development disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, or depression.

Participants will develop many skills including:

  • Positive relationships and friendships with peers
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Cooperation and turn taking
  • Being kind, patient, and respectful of others
  • Empathy and perspective taking
  • Understanding social contexts and customs
  • Awareness of proxemics (personal space)
  • Self-regulation and coping skills
  • Emotional regulation and recognizing emotions in self and others
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Self-advocacy and assertiveness
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Acceptance of diversity and differences
Life Skills Group

Participants will develop essential and practical life skills needed to become more independent and take care of themselves with less parental and caregiver support. Activities will take place in the clinic and in the community. 

Participants will improve:

  • Healthy habits and routines
  • Self-care skills
  • Caring for others (family members and pets)
  • Household management
  • Cooking skills
  • Money management
  • Social interaction skills
  • Community participation (shopping, public transportation)
  • Executive functioning
  • Stress management and coping skills
  • Vocational skills
  • Leisure exploration

 

We have groups specifically for high schoolers and college students that focus on:

  • Life balance
  • Independent living skills
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Organization & planning
  • Coping skills
  • Psychosocial skills

This group is perfect for teens and young adults who are transitioning away from childhood and gaining responsibilities for living on their own, getting a job, moving out of their parents’ home, or moving away to college.