Social Skills Groups

Social skills are a necessary foundation for social interaction and quality of life. Many children need support to gain the skills necessary to thrive in this area. We need peer buddies to help our skill builders learn. It’s all about making connections and learning how to communicate with everyone, regardless of their current social skills set – and most importantly making friends!

GBC aba is thrilled to provide a blended social skills program that provides naturalistic opportunities to interact with peers in a supported environment. Programming is designed by BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) who also train staff and supervise social skills groups on a regular basis.

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When is group? What are the age ranges for groups?  

Fall sessions will be available from Monday, September 9 through Saturday, November 23 for an 11-week program.


Mondays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 6 - 9
Mondays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Grades K - 5
Saturdays 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. | Grades K - 5
Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Grades K - 5

Peoria and Normal

Mondays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades Pre-K - 5
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades Pre-K – 5
Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Grades 6 - 9

How big is the group?

8 participants to 2 staff

How much?

$330 for the 11 week program

Where does the group meet?

Groups meet at our GBC aba offices!


101 Royce Road, Suite 12
Bolingbrook, IL 60440


706 Oglesby Ave, Suite 200
Normal, IL 61761


8500 N Knoxville Ave, Suites A and B
Peoria, IL 61615

How do I register?

Fill out the online registration form by clicking the button below, then  call or email GBC aba at 312-882-1024 or to reserve your spot today!


Sessions include topics such as:

  • Taking turns
  • Tolerating losing
  • Personal space awareness
  • Manners
  • Having non-preferred conversations
  • Sharing
  • Participating in group activities
  • Encouraging others
  • Giving compliments
  • For older kids (Appropriate text, FaceTime, and phone call etiquette)
  • Greeting others
  • How to be a good friend
  • Advocating for yourself and others
  • Trick or treating
  • Birthday party – how to behave at both your own and other’s

Benefits for skill builders:

  • Opportunity to work on social skills in a supportive environment with peer models
  • Develop new friendships and relationships
  • Exposure to new games and activities in a naturalistic setting
  • Take homes and visuals can help with generalizing skills across settings
  • Improve conversational skills
  • Improve overall social skills specific for that child

Benefits for peer buddies:

  • Develop new friendships and relationships
  • Learning to accept differences
  • Instill compassion and understanding for others
  • Build self-esteem as a role model
  • Enhanced personal growth
  • Increased understanding of other’s differences and how to support that
  • Learning the “Be a Buddy not a Bully” concept