Connections: School-Aged Social Skills Groups

Who is Group for?:

  • Anyone with or without a formal diagnosis, that wants to meet new peers and build on their social skills in a play-based environment
  • Each group is formed based on kids of a similar age, that meet once a week
  • The overall age range of our entire group program serves ages 5-18

Time & Location:  Connections Groups will run once a week, from 4:00-5:30pm (in the basement of City Light Church – 550 Obed Ave).

General Registration Info:

  • There are 3-6 spots per group. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis if you haven’t already contacted the Group Coordinator to reserve a spot
  • Once the 6 spots are filled in the group assigned to you, you will be waitlisted for the next available spot for your age group
  • We will do our best to add more groups based on the number of similar-aged kids on the waitlist

Current Clients: Must be approved by the child’s clinical team before registering. Clients must fill out a registration form for each module, which the Group Coordinator will email to all eligible clients, a couple of weeks before the start of each module. 

New Clients: Please fill out our Waitlist Intake Form here and contact the Director (Victoria Coward) at victoria@mylittlesteps.net or Ali Mead at ali@mylittlesteps.net for a general Little Steps intake meeting, to determine which services will be best for you.

  • Screening: The Group Coordinator, Ikjot Kaur, will contact you to set up a 30 minute in-person screening. Ikjot will meet with your child one on one, then observe your child interact with peers at Little Steps Therapy Services. The screening costs $120. Finance-related questions can be sent to amber@mylittlesteps.net

Waitlist: Registration is open throughout the school year. Current and new Clients will be added to a waitlist for the next available group spot, if the current groups are full and/or if the registration form is filled out later than the module deadline.

Group Session Cancellation Policy: Please contact the office if your child is going to miss a session admin@mylittlesteps.net or (250) 386-1171. All sessions will be charged unless given withdraw notice of 2 weeks

Withdrawing from Group: Two weeks notice is required to withdraw from group.

Costs:

  • Mon. to Thurs. Groups: Led by BI for $67.50/ hour or a total of $101.25 for the 1.5 hour group (1 session of group), billed weekly. This cost includes Clinical supervision from the Behaviour Consultant, a Lead Behavioural Interventionist and an assistant Behavioral Interventionist. Weekly update emails from the Group Leader and an end-of-module report will be provided. Additional needs billed separately.
Group Goals & Focus Areas:
  • Neurodiversity affirming practice 
  • Making the weekly plans based on the kids’ expressed ideas and interests
  • Focusing on problem solving, perspective-taking and self-advocacy 
  • Additional curriculums will be integrated as needed, within an interest-based/play-based approach, through naturally occurring teaching moments 
  • Social skills exploration, outings, crafts, board games, science experiments and more! 

Any questions can be directed to the Group Coordinator (Ikjot) at ikjot@mylittlesteps.net or the Little Steps office (250) 386-1171 admin@mylittlesteps.net   

 

Current Connections Groups

Social Dynamics A1

 Age Range:  5+ 

Mondays

Social Dynamics A2

 Age Range:  5+ 

Wednesdays

Social Dynamics A4

 Age Range:  8+ 

Mondays

Social Dynamics B

 Age Range:  8+ 

Thursdays

Social Dynamics C

 Age Range:  12+ 

Tuesdays

Social Dynamics D

 Age Range:  5+ 

Tuesdays