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Encompass launches Social Skills Groups

Starting on Sept. 14, Encompass will offer social-skills treatment every Wednesday for children from preschool age through adolescence.

The one-hour sessions will be led by two therapists, with four to five children per group. Children are matched to appropriate groups based upon their skill levels.

A variety of skills is addressed to promote social skill development, in these four areas:

• Early developing skills: listening to others, following directions, eye contact, keeping a calm body during interactions and greetings.

• Interpersonal skills: turn-taking, sharing, requesting, responding, initiation, perspective taking and conversation skills.

• Problem-solving skills: conflict resolution, cooperative skills, emotional regulation and big problems vs. small problems.

• Nonverbal-communication skills: reading others’ body language, emotional state and personal space awareness.

“Social skills are crucial to our success in life,” says Nela Cumming, director of Pediatric Therapy Programs at Encompass. “The repertoire of skills that we acquire becomes more complex throughout childhood. Children are expected to observe, interpret and respond in social situations all day long.”

Insurance coverage and private-pay options are available. Interested parents can call Encompass to schedule an evaluation to determine if their children ready for a Social Skills Group. For more

information, visit www.encompassnw.org, or call 425.888.2777.

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