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Child and Adolescent Social Skills Groups at NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center

The Social Skills Group Therapy Program is designed to offer help to children and adolescents who are having difficulty with peer relationships. Children who are socially isolated or have problems with teasing and bullying learn how to read social cues and to respond appropriately to them.

The groups are co-led by a team that includes senior faculty and staff members with expertise in child development and the treatment of children dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Learning Disabilities, High Functioning Autism, as well as other related childhood disorders. Social Skills Groups are designed to meet the developmental needs of individual children. Prior to joining, every child receives a comprehensive evaluation, and program leaders then screen each child to ensure that the designated group is a good match.

Program Goals

The goal of the Social Skills Group Therapy Program is to assist children in developing friendship skills by teaching strategies for:

  • Active listening
  • Conversational skills
  • Responding appropriately to social cues
  • Identifying personal feelings and understanding the emotions of others
  • Problem solving for conflict situations
  • Compromising, sharing, being a good sport
  • Negative thoughts and management of feelings
  • Anger and frustration management
  • Teasing and bullying

Parenting Groups are now offered as a new component of the program.

Location and Hours

Groups are held during after-school hours in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division in White Plains, located at 21 Bloomingdale Road.

Please contact: 914-997-5882

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21 Bloomingdale Road White Plains, NY 10605