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San Diego Centers for Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy

San Diego: (619) 692-0622

Santee: (619) 749-7059


What are Social Skills and why are they important?

Good social skills are critical to successful functioning in a child’s life. Social skills allow us to know what to say but also know how to say it. They allow us to be flexible and successful in a variety of social settings, how to make good choices, and help us to create long term friendships and relationships. Overall, social skills are the basis of what makes communication, communication.

While most children learn appropriate social skills through their everyday interactions, some children do not and have difficulty learning from casual modeling within every day activities. Children with poor social skills can have difficulty:

  • making relationships and friendships with peers’
  • can have increased frustration or negative behaviors
  • miss social and contextual cues (e.g. nonverbal, gestural)
  • difficulty understanding body postures (e.g. facial expressions, personal space)
  • difficulty reading or understanding other’s emotions
  • difficulty understanding other people’s perspectives

At Kara Dodds and Associates, our speech therapy programs are tailor made to help children organize and learn social skills in a manner supported with visual examples (e.g. social stories, personal stories), along with therapy activities supported with modeling and materials that allow for structured teaching making it easier for children to learn the art of appropriate social skills.

How do our speech pathologists teach Social Skills?

Our therapist work with children both individual and in small groups to teach necessary skills to improve social communication based on individual need. We structure our programs around a variety of methods including:

  • Michelle Garcia Winner “Social Thinking” curriculum
  • Dr. Jed Baker curriculum
  • The “Zones” of Social Skill curriculum
  • Social Stories and/or Personal Stories

We also use an eclectic approaches by implementing video modeling and music therapy techniques making learning social skills fun for kids. Goals typically target areas of improved interpersonal skills (e.g. sharing, joint attention, joining an activity, turn taking), problem solving (e.g. asking for help, manners, making decisions), conflict resolution (e.g. making decisions with peers, accepting no for an answer, peer pressure)

Our groups are carefully matched so that each child benefits from alike peers in the group. Call us today at 619-692-0622 as we would look forward to have your child included in one of our Social Skills groups!

Funding / Insurance Options

We accept a variety of plans to cover your child’s therapy needs. We bill and work with insurances directly taking the hassle out of it for families. We accept:

  • Tricare (Health Net Federal Services)
  • Kaiser
  • Easter Seals of Southern California
  • San Diego Regional Center (in home or center based)
  • PPO plans including: Anthem Blue Cross, UHC, Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

We will take the lead on determining coverage and finding the best options available with your plan. Call today at 619-692-0622 for more information.

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Mission Valley Center

Kara Dodds & Associates - San Diego
7840 Mission Center Court, Ste. 200
San Diego CA 92108

(619) 692-0622

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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Santee Location

Kara Dodds & Associates - Santee
8840 N. Magnolia Ave Ste 220
Santee CA 92071

(619) 749-7059

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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