Many boys who struggle socially have not experienced the enjoyment of being part of a peer group or bonding through shared experiences, without the use of video games or screen-based activities.
This six-session, continual program designed for boys combines the Social Thinking® methodology with executive function skill building instruction and recreational activities or trips in order to help boys generalize the skills needed to initiate and sustain friendships and most importantly learn how to enjoy being around other guys.
Topics covered include:
• Understanding other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions
• Understanding how you come across to other boys
• How to show other boys that you want to be friends
• Managing social anxiety around similar-age peers
• Learning how to move friendships from “school friends” to “hang out friends”
• Initiating and sustaining reciprocal conversations
• Being cognitively flexible or “going with the flow”
• Using humor effectively
• Understanding your responsibility in sustaining friendships
Please note that Center for ADHD does not offer traditional “social skills groups”. The work we are doing requires a solid foundation in Social Thinking® concepts which many students have not yet learned, regardless if they have attended social skills groups in the past.
Prior to beginning How to Hang Out we work with students individually for several sessions in order to teach them foundational concepts. Please contact us to set up an intake assessment.
*A local social service organization is using the How to Hang Out name and program description on their website. Center for ADHD has not provided the How to Hang Out curriculum to this organization.