Social Skills Group & Individualized Therapy, Brooklyn Letters

We are currently not running social skills groups. (See below for information about social skills groups should we organize a group in the future.)

Social skills are complex: they include using age-appropriate social language in a variety of contexts as well as interpreting non-verbal cues (such as facial expressions, tone of speech and body language). Interacting with peers necessitates an understanding of how to initiate, maintain, and end conversations and how to play appropriately.

At Brooklyn Letters, we work on social skills, also known as social thinking or social cognition, with children from toddler-age to adolescent. We provide social skills group and even one-on-one instruction. For some students, working one-on-one helps to first grasp these social skills, and for preschoolers, one-on-one helps facilitate their play skills, which is so important for socialization. Individual therapy uses language games, pretend and imaginary play, problem solving, video and role-playing to improvise social scenarios in a safe, fun environment. This therapy often transitions into group therapy. In group therapy there is a structure, however interactions are often spontaneous and explicit feedback is given. Family involvement is strongly encouraged for group and one-on-one sessions.

We incorporate aspects of the Social Thinking curriculum, which involves becoming more aware of a conversation partners intent and thoughts. Therapy also addresses conversation skills, such as learning how to avoid conversation killers, dealing with interruptions, initiating and maintaining a conversations, as well as how to best work in groups. We work with both quiet and verbose students, and we strive to increase the students awareness of expected and unexpected social behaviors. We provide strategies and techniques to improve each child's social awareness and interaction skills.

Our social skills groups are carefully screened and matched by social/emotional skills, age, children's interests, and availability. In other words when planning our social skills groups, it's a dynamic process: we only form a group when the students are matched appropriately. All of our groups are run by a licensed speech language therapist, who has special training and professional experience working on developing social skills. For younger children, we use play-based learning and embed social goals within each activity. Goals are presented in a variety of activities, thereby increasing an understanding of each skill. Parent involvement is a plus, to help carry over what is learned in session.


  • Preschool (3.5-5 years old)
    Preschool groups learn through play and activity based learning. Groups focus on whole body listening, noticing and interpreting other people s actions, being in a group, working together, and improving play skills. Preschoolers practice identifying feelings and thoughts in themselves and others. These are all necessary skills for attending school and establishing peer relationships.
  • School Age
    From early elementary and older, the groups cover topics such as: conversing with peers, adults, teachers, understanding indirect language, noticing expected and unexpected behaviors, identifying context clues to interpret how people are feeling and what they might be thinking, identifying the gravity of a problem and the size of a reaction, differentiating between an emotional and a technical response. These are invaluable skills for navigating increasingly complex social interactions, as students grow.
  • Early Elementary, 6-7 years old
  • Elementary, 8-10 years old
  • Middle School, 11-13 years old
  • High School, 14-17 years old

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Phone: (347) 394-3485

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