Social Skills Groups


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 3-5 years.

  • 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.

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

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


Winter Session

January 21 – February 27 • 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

Developmental Pathways families pay $50 for first time, and $100 for returning. 


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.