Youth Classes (Ages 9-12)

Social Skills Classes For Youth – Ages 9-12

Class Description

With a focus on fun and engaging activities, the Social Connections for Youth program is specifically designed to give 9-12 year old students the opportunity to directly learn and practice social skills in an affirming and supportive small group environment.  Sessions packed with activities and team games assure students will have a great experience with their peers as they learn and practice new social and communication skills.  Benefits include improved confidence and self-esteem, self-pride, feelings of belonging and accomplishment, new friendships, more invitations and lots of fun.

Many youth who struggle with forming successful social relationships respond well to direct instruction. This class provides a secure and nurturing environment for  students who need extra instruction and practice in order to successfully navigate social situations. The program is a good fit for students who experience difficulty with social interactions due to attention disorders, language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, non-verbal learning disorders or anxiety disorders.

Each week a new, identified social skill will be presented and practiced.  Through games, modeling, role playing and cooperative activites, the class curriculum focuses on giving students the confidence, experience and practice needed to successfully take part in peer interactions and social exchanges. Students will work in small groups based on their age and social abilities.  New topics will be introduced in each session and, because the class size is small, lessons are tailored to meet individual and class needs.  Parent information sheets are sent home after each class allowing families to support the efforts and reinforce new skills at home.  Examples of topics include the following:

  • Giving and receiving compliments
  • Showing understanding for others’ feelings
  • Cooperating and compromising
  • Respecting personal space and boundaries
  • Initiating conversations
  • Getting to know someone new
  • Active Listening
  • Understanding body language
  • Dealing with mistakes
  • Being flexible
  • Problem solving
  • Joining in

Session Information

Classes are held at Groves Academy in St. Louis Park, MN. The program is open to the public. Classes will have a maximum student to teacher ratio of 6:1.  Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Skill Sparks reserves the right to cancel a session due to inadequate enrollment (minimum of 6 participants), in which case all fees are refunded.

Registration Information

Please note that acceptance into our program is based on our ability to meet each student’s needs.

This class is appropriate for high functioning students who want to learn new skills and need the confidence, experience and practice to successfully take part in conversations and social exchanges. We are committed to making sure that all students have the best possible experience.  Students with primary behavioral or emotional issues, or those who have difficulty controlling and managing behavior in a structured learning environment are best served in another program.

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Jane Steinhagen, Program Director