Social Beginnings is a social skills for kids program exclusive to Verbal Beginnings that provides therapeutic opportunities for children to learn and develop social skills with their peers. The curriculum behind the fun is research driven and provides the opportunity for clinicians to monitor your child’s progress during their time in the group. Groups meet weekly throughout the year in various locations around Maryland and children are matched with peers of similar age and skill level. Group sizes are small and are led by highly experienced BCBAs and Registered Behavior Technicians.
2024 Summer Programs
Summertime at Social Beginnings offers a unique opportunity for children to enjoy a therapeutic experience, while learning valuable social skills at the same time. Our summer program seeks to use a variety of themes and activities in order to teach your child how to navigate the complicated playground that is social skills. Through educational opportunities that extend from fun social skill lessons to outdoor games and adventures, the Social Beginnings’ program is all about encouraging individual growth and building meaningful and lasting friendships with their peers.
- Group-based instruction
- Structured social activities
- Supported free play to build independent social skills
- In-house field trips with social learning opportunity
- Parent training and progress notes
- In-network with most local insurance providers!
Our curriculum is designed to target a variety of skills such as communicating with peers, cooperative play, perspective taking, problem solving, managing emotions, and more! Children will be grouped with similar aged peers with similar social levels.
Participants must commit to the majority of the sessions in order to gain the most out of the experience. Groups are led by experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts and behavior technicians. Each classroom will have a small student:staff ratio to allow for a closer understanding of each child’s social strengths and needs. Ask us about our Teen Programs too!
Social Beginnings is a “social skills for kids” program exclusive to Verbal Beginnings that provides both therapeutic and recreational opportunities for children to learn and develop social skills with their peers. An important component of the social skills program is meeting with your child’s BCBA on a monthly basis. During this time, parents and caregivers will learn ABA strategies to support the ongoing development of their child’s social skills outside of the group setting.
After School Program
Social Beginnings offers ABA based social skills groups during after school hours throughout the school year. Children meet in small groups and participate in structured groups utilizing social skills curriculum based on the principles of ABA.
Lessons include group instruction, structured play to practice newly learned skills, and guided free play to promote the occurrence of newly learned skills in the natural environment. Social Beginnings’ After School Program begins after Labor Day and runs through the end of the school year. Breaks in the program occur and follow the public school calendar. Open enrollment is available throughout the school year.