Parents often ask to observe their kids in group. Confidentiality precludes us from allowing this, but here are a couple of social skills activities that our kids love and you can play them at home to help beef up their skills:
Dance Party: Play music and when the music stops, everybody freezes. After the first round, make it harder, asking them when they freeze to pose in a certain way or say a funny word. Debrief about how easy or hard it was to stop when you are having fun. This activity targets: listening skills, attending, following directions, personal space.
Feeling Masks or Puppets: Discuss all different kinds of feelings. Allow your child to choose a feeling and make a mask or puppet representing that feeling. They can use all different kinds of materials like feathers, glitter, and pompoms. Then, ask them to act out their feelings using their masks or puppets. This activity targets: identifying feelings, expressing feelings appropriately, connecting with peers, empathy building.
Feeling Painting: Give your child three different color paints: red, blue, and yellow. Discuss feelings inside like being happy, sad and mad. Tell your child when you say a feeling, they have to use the color paint associated with the feeling and paint a picture about that feeling. They only get one piece of paper so they will have all the colors represented. Discuss how we can have more than one feeling at a time and sometimes our feelings get mixed up like being sad and mad at the same time. This activity targets: feelings.
The Conversation Game: Set a family goal for total points earned and an appropriate reward. Play the game and change the goal (each game) as many times as you wish. One point/coin is received when a family member waits for a pause and follows with an on-topic statement. Two points are received when a family member asks a question that relates to the topic. No points are given for off-topic responses. This activity targets: conversation and communication skills
Games and exercises played at home are a great way to practice new skills with your child.
Give one of these a try and let me know how it goes.