Social Skills Groups

STAR CREW Program

Communicating, Relationship-building, Exploring sensation, Working together

The STAR CREW Program builds social cognition and awareness,
communication, problem-solving skills, and interactive play skills for
children ages 3 years and up.

  • Expands non-verbal and verbal social language skills
  • Increases ability to initiate social interaction with peers
  • Improves social awareness and social problem solving
  • Increases ability to self-regulate during play-based social interaction

Social skills lessons are taught within the context of games and play while meeting a child’s individual sensory needs. The program is geared for verbal children that have basic peer awareness and would benefit from therapeutic activities to build reciprocal interactions. These positive experiences are foundational building blocks for a child’s social development.

Individual and group therapy can be concurrent. Small groups are a perfect transition for children who have completed individual therapy, but are not yet ready to take on the YMCA! Children who have traveled to STAR Institute from afar may also wish to participate in groups if our groups that are scheduled are appropriate for the particular individual. Individual Therapy during either the morning or afternoon, and Group Therapy during the other part of the day can sometimes be arranged, depending on the groups that are currently in process.

We plan our groups around the children and interest. We find a set of children with similar needs and if timing permits we group the children together to provide socially appropriate groups.

Read our 6 Tips for Building Social Skills


What are parents saying?

“My son loved it, had lots of fun and made friends. He learned in a very creative about potential issues that can impact his ability to make and keep friends, as well as strategies to overcome them. Thank you, STAR!” 

– Erica, from Texas

“The social skills group was a wonderful experience for our family. The changes in our son are amazing considering the short duration of the camp. He is showing considerable improvement in initiating play with other children and using strategies to help regulate himself throughout the day.”

– Mary Leathers

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2020 Sessions

January 6 – February 12 • Mondays & Wednesdays • Ages 4-6 • 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

March 2 – April 8 • Mondays & Wednesdays • Ages 3-5 • 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Cost: $960 ($150 deposit to hold your spot, balance due when you arrive)
To register fill out an intake form here >>
We will contact you once the intake form is received.

Or for more information email: Vincentia Ferrari groups@spdstar.org

Developmental Pathways funding available for qualifying families.

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Imagine Adventure Club - Role Playing Games for Tweens

Join Imagine Adventure and play board games and role playing games with peers in a fun and safe space. This group uses table top games to build community, team work, self-confidence and flexibility in a setting that is motivating, exciting and enjoyable. A place to be yourself, learn to express yourself and learn to make friends. For ages 9-11 years old.

2019 Dates:

September 24-December 5 - ongoing enrollment!

No class 11/15 or week of Thanksgiving

Tuesdays from 5:15-6:05PM

Thursdays from 5:15-6:05 PM

2020 Dates:

Starts January 14th and goes until April 28th

No class 2/11/20

Tuesdays from 5:15-6:05 PM

COST: $450 for 10 sessions or $45 per session

Registration: Please fill out Intake Form at the bottom of this page!

*Developmental Pathways funding available for qualifying families*

CONTACT
Phone: 303-221-STAR (7827) Email: groups@spdstar.org 

LOCATION
Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
5420 S. Quebec St., Suite 103 Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Superhero in Training Summer Camp

Superhero picture

Building social confidence through friendships and success!

This immersive camp focuses on naturally building self-esteem and social confidence through play-based themes and “in the moment” lessons. 

  • Uses tools from Superflex®, Social Thinking, Every Child Wants to Play, and Buddy Club 
  • Expands non-verbal and verbal social language skills
  • Increases ability to initiate social interaction with peers
  • Improves social awareness and shared problem solving
  • Increases ability to self-regulate during social interaction
  • Camp is run by an occupational therapist and clinical psychologist

Group relationships are built through shared interests while social skills are strengthened through multi sensory-based games and play while meeting each child’s individual sensory needs. The program is geared for verbal children that have basic peer awareness and would benefit from therapeutic activities to build reciprocal interactions. These positive experiences are foundational building blocks for a child’s social development.

* An additional parent education session may be added at the end per parent’s request. 

 

Check back in Spring 2020!

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The BRIDGE Program

Better Relationships, Interactions, Development and Growth through Engagenment

The STAR BRIDGE Program provides an opportunity for two children to build basic interactional and early social awareness and cognition skills while having fun. For ages 3 and up.

  • Facilitated by STAR Institute staff
  • Increases awareness of peers
  • Expands play
  • Builds turn taking
  • Reinforces following a schedule and using routines to maintain arousal level and building engagement skills

The program is geared for children who have had individual occupational or speech therapy and would benefit from fun therapeutic activities with another child that will be matched to increase social awareness skills and increase their ability to initiate play.

BRIDGE Programs are also based on interest and can be scheduled throughout the year.

Please fill out an intake form to register.