Cinque Terre
220 Reservoir St. Ste. 21
Needham, MA 02494
Fax: (781)449-5992


Dana Group Associates specialize in providing interactive psycho-educational groups focused on Social Skills Development. This group program is designed for children from elementary school to late adolescence, addressing both social and emotional concerns in a safe, supportive and structured environment. These programs are scheduled during the school year and in the summer. DGA Social Skills Groups run for 10 to 12 weeks, beginning in September, January and June. Typically, the group brings children and adolescents with an approximately two-year age span together once a week for sixty minutes.

Our Pscyho-Educational Social Skills Group is ideal for children and adolescents who have difficulty with self-esteem, attention span, impulse control, body concept and motivation. Children are given the opportunity to strengthen their social, pragmatic, expressive language and conflict resolution skills. Our groups benefit children with language-based and/or non-verbal learning style differences as well.

The Social Skill Development Program focuses on Pragmatic Social Skills and includes but is not limited to:

  • Taking social initiative
  • Social entry skills
  • Relationship maintenance skills
  • Listening skills
  • Pragmatic language skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Reading non-verbal cues:
    • Increasing awareness of facial expressions, body language and tone of voice
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Respecting appropriate physical boundaries
  • Responding to teasing and bullying
The group experience begins with direct social skills teaching. During each session, there is a combination of direct social skills teaching, cooperative play, and interactive experiences. Children participate in focused discussions and role playing that target Pragmatic Social Skills. They develop useful and generalizable interpersonal skills; friendship making and keeping skills, furthering effective relationships in family, school and community settings.

For More Information, please contact us at 781-449-1143 X 309