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Social Skill Builders Class


Social Skill Builders offers a series of peer group programs for early childhood through adolescent aged children, who demonstrate difficulties with social skill awareness, social interactions and social behaviors.

They may have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, or learning difficulties.

Our goal is to work towards improving social skills useful in their everyday life such as:

Listening
Conversing
Reading and using appropriate body language
Social interactions and peer relationships
Self-esteem and self-control
How to make friends and get along with others
How to handle teasing
and more...

Learning these skills can enhance the child's chances for success with their peers in the classroom and can help establish social competence in other areas of their lives as well.

There are several program levels that are offered from beginning to advanced skills. Children are matched with peers of similar ages, grades, social skills and language abilities. There are generally 4 to 6 members per group. Classes are held at Barnes Early Childhood Development Center in Grosse Pointe Woods, which is located near the I-94 / Vernier exit. Each program runs for 8 weekly, 1 hour sessions, and is generally held after school hours.


If you would like further information, please contact Lisa Decker at 313.884.2462 or email her at
lisamdecker@comcast.net

About the Facilitator of the Social Skill Builders Program:

Lisa Decker, BSN, RN is a registered nurse with 25+ years of nursing, management, and facilitator experience. She has devoted the past three years to developing and facilitating Social Skill Builders, a program that teaches social skill techniques to children ages 5 to 15. She is married and a mother of two.

Lisa is immediate past co-chair and current board member of CHADD of Eastern Wayne and Macomb County, is Leader for Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3737, is immediate past vice-president and current member for the Grosse Pointe School SEPAC/PTO, and holds memberships in several organizations including the Autism Society of America, the Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S., CHADD, and ARC. She also keeps active advocating for her and other children in the schools, the community, and with governmental issues affecting them.

Lisa knew that structured peer group social skill instructions were one of the top recommendations for her son and children like him with Asperger's Syndrome. However, there were no programs offered in the eastside area, and few to be found in Southeast Michigan at all. The knowledge of that was her driving force in developing and facilitating the Social Skill Builders Program, that took over 2 years to research and develop. She offers 12 different 8-week social skill programs for the different age and skill level groups.

About the Support/Consultant to the Social Skill Builders Program:

Marquita Bedway, Ph.D. is a licensed pediatric psychologist with over 15 years experience. She specializes is ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Bedway is Co-Director of the ADHD Clinic at Children's Hospital of Detroit, and at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. Dr. Bedway is also in private practice in Grosse Pointe.

Dr. Bedway has been a support and consultant to the development and running of the Social Skill Builders Program, providing valuable input and feedback along the way.

 

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