If your child or student is struggling with social skills, cooperation, engagement, friendship-making skills, or socially appropriate responses, then this new program is for you!

The return to school this Fall can be both an exciting and challenging situation for students and their families. Re-connecting with classmates, adjusting to new schedules, and heightened academic expectations require children to expand beyond their comfort zone and adapt to their new environment. One of the most common aspects that we see students struggling with during these times is the ability to maintain and implement social skills with same-aged peers. Large classroom sizes and new friendly faces place a high demand on students to begin interacting with others in a new way. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that San Diego Kids First is now adding Social Pairings to our extensive list of services!

In order to accommodate children who may not feel ready for larger social skills groups, we’ve decided to create a more in-depth, individualized, goal-focused session between two peers. First, we form our social pairings by conducting a brief intake with caregivers to discuss their child’s strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Then, we will individually select another peer enrolled in the program who best matches your child’s needs. The overall goal is to form a pairing between two peers who will complement and support each other’s social abilities.

One of our clinicians will tailor and conduct each session to accommodate and challenge the pairing’s skillset. Through this pairing, your child will begin learning and practicing new skills in a safe and controlled environment! And who knows, maybe they will make a friend in the process 🙂

If you are interested in learning more about our new service or would like to register your child for a pairing, please call or email our office at contact@sdkidsfirst.com // 858-692-4187 and we will be happy to help you!