Social Skills Group Intervention
Initiative Description: S.S. GRIN 3-5 program includes improving children’s peer relationships and increasing their ability to manage challenging situations, such as teasing, peer pressure, rejection, bullying, or social anxiety. Program sessions use instruction and various hands-on activities, such as role playing and modeling. Positive reinforcement, corrective feedback, and cognitive reframing are used to optimize learning. Several pro-social and coping skills are also taught and include verbal and nonverbal communication, cooperation, compromise, negotiation, examination of the accuracy of assumptions, and positive assertion. Additionally, children learn about strategies for managing emotions and impulses
Study Results: Students in intervention group showed significant reductions in loneliness and social anxiety, and an increasein EOG standardized reading scores.
Reference: Bostick, D., & Anderson, R. (2009). Evaluating a small-group counseling program: A model for program planning and improvement in the elementary setting. Professional School Counseling, 12(6), 428-433.
Level of Evidence: Good