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Social Skills Group Therapy

Xcite Steps Social Skills Group Therapy in San Diego – affectionately referred to as our Social Clubs – offer a variety of recreational and adventure opportunities for kids and teens to build friendships, have fun, and generalize the skills they have learned in different environments throughout the community.  Our Social Skills Groups offer a non-threatening, small group environment where fun and excitement dictate everything kids do!  Under the steady guidance of our experienced Interventionists, participants hone their social skills and have the opportunity to forge friendships with other participants in our program.

At Xcite Steps, our Social Clubs take a child’s skills to the next level.  Transferring skills to a community setting provides natural learning opportunities that a clinic could not provide.  Our goal is to expand on the child’s target social skills by increasing exposure in new and exciting social environments around the community, using a structured therapeutic model.  Xcite Steps offers a Social Club every weekend for an array of age groups. The Social Clubs are divided into age and skill levels of 3 and up, 6 and up,  9 and up, 12 and up and we have separate adult programs as well.  All our social clubs are innovatively structured to make sure each child is placed in an enriching environment, with the proper support to make sure he or she has a positive experience and gains important skills and confidence to become more socially independent.  Child to Interventionist ratios for Social Club support are offered at both 1:1 and 3:1 to provide the best amount of support while maintaining the maximum amount of independence.

“Providing friendship opportunities in a coached but natural environment”

Measuring Success

Utilizing a variety of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods participants will increase behaviors in communication, play, and independence, or decrease maladaptive behaviors such as tantrums, non-compliance, or aggression. Regardless of the client’s age, ABA is systematically used to determine what, how, when, how long and where best to increase or decrease behaviors to improve functioning. Participants will also be coached on managing emotions, articulating feelings, work together, self-awareness, appropriate behaviors, and constructive communication.

Successes and treatment progress during our Social Clubs are measured through detailed data collection and assessment measures that are incorporated into the natural social interaction.  Interventionists are able to track social interaction, initiating conversation, reciprocal language use, turn-taking, sharing, eye-contact, interaction during structured play and unstructured play, as well as attempts to engage peers.  The data collected is then used to improve current treatment plans and build continuing goals for future social interactions.  Xcite Steps’ structured program and data collection allows for immediate feedback of interventions used and continuous tracking of successes throughout social situations.

 

Our Services are available in the following areas:

San Diego (North)

  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Escondido

San Diego (Central)

  • La Jolla
  • Clairemont
  • Downtown
  • Poway
  • Mira Mesa
  • Coronado

East Country

  • Santee
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Spring Valley
  • El Cajon
  • Paradise Hills

South Bay

  • Eastlake
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Bonita
  • Imperial Beach
  • Otay Mesa