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?  

Summer Groups run for 9-week sessions, meeting once a week Monday, June 10 through Thursday, August 15 (NO SESSION July 4).

Mondays 12:15-1:45 p.m. | PreK 3-5 yr old
Mondays 2:00- 3:30 p.m. | Grades K - 5
Mondays 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. I Grades K - 5
Thursdays 2:00- 3:30 p.m. | Grades K - 5
Thursdays 3:45- 5:15 p.m. | Grades 6 - 8
Thursdays 5:30- 7:00 p.m. I Grades K - 5

NOTE: 3 weeks of summer session will be held at Annerino Community Center Park, 201 Recreation Center Drive, Bolingbrook on 6/24, 6/27, 7/15, 7/18, 8/5, and 8/8.

How big is the group?

8 participants to 2 staff

How much?

Skill Builders: $225 for 9 week session

2nd skill builder in the same family can attend at reduced rate of $115.

Peer Buddies: FREE for the 9 week session

Where does the group meet?

GBC aba office: 101 Royce Road, Suite 12 Bolingbrook, IL. Except for 6/24, 6/27, 7/15, 7/18, 8/5, and 8/8 when session will be held at Annerino Community Center Park, 201 Recreation Center Drive, Bolingbrook

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